Earlier this year, the new Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission passed a new regulation making it impossible for Tesla Motors and other automakers from selling direct to customers within the Garden State. Operating independently of both houses under authority granted it by the New Jersey administration, the NJMVC was even able to enact the new regulation without it going through the usual legislative process.
But today a bill sponsored by New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and New Jersey Assemblyman Timothy Eustace passed the New Jersey Assembly by a total of 77 votes to 0 – or to put it another way, unanimous support.
Just before all eighty members of the New Jersey Assembly voted on Assembly Bill A3216, supporters of the bill, including legislators and electric car enthusiasts alike, assembled on the front steps of the State House.
Among those assembled were existing Tesla drivers from all over New Jersey and surrounding states, as well as members of the New Jersey Electric Auto Association and Plug in America.
Our own Michael Thwaite — who also happens to be Vice President of Plug in America — also happens to be a New Jersey resident. Here are some photographs he sent our way showing some of the people who turned up to support the bill and wish it well ahead of the official house vote.
Speaking last week after Assembly Bill A3216 was released by the New Jersey Assembly panel, Assemblyman Timothy Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic) was hopeful the bill would find success in today’s vote.
“We need New Jersey to be at the forefront of advancing technology if we want to put ourselves into position for strong economic development and job creation, and we also need to promote clean energy and the health benefits it brings to our residents,” he said. An electric car driver himself, Eustace has been at the forefront of the legislative attempts to rescind the NJMVC’s earlier regulatory edict.
“This bill ensures New Jersey will not be left behind,” he continued.
The bill now goes to the Senate for a final vote before it can make it into law.