Tesla sales in New Jersey were supposed to end today, following the state legislature vote a few weeks ago to pull Tesla's sales license there. At the eleventh hour, though, Gov. Chris Christie's administration has extended the deadline to April 15. The specifics of the situation are that the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is going to give new car dealers until the middle of the month to submit their franchise agreement (which, of course, Tesla stores don't have). That means, for now, it's business as usual

The two-week extension could keep Tesla alive in the Garden State.

While it's only a two-week extension, it could be enough to keep the California automaker alive in the Garden State. This is because state assemblyman Tim Eustace (a Democrat and EV driver) submitted a bill the other day that would allow Tesla to sell cars directly to customers in New Jersey. One interesting component of Eustace's bill is that it only applies to zero-emission vehicles as long as they make up less than four percent of all the new cars sold in the state. Eustace told NJ.com that this bill might be fast-tracked into law because it has leadership support. Jim Appleton, the president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailer (the force behind the anti-Tesla movement), said, "to the extent that there is legislation that would allow an all-zero emission vehicle automaker to enter the market for a period of time without franchises, before they eventually convert to a franchise system, it makes sense." You can read the proposed bill here.

The MVC gave Tesla a license to sell cars in 2012 and Tesla now operates two stores in New Jersey, one in the Garden State Plaza in Paramus and the other in Short Hills.


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      • 8 Months Ago
      The Pig Said He Had No Intention of Allowing Marijuana To Treat The Father's Dying Daughter......Christie Belongs in Hell.
      purrpullberra
      • 8 Months Ago
      The hypocrisy continues. It's not up to him, but it is; pro-free market... unless the powerful feel threatened. And bribe, never forget all the political bribery to get lame politicians to go against the will of the people. Every car maker should be allowed to sell direct. If it screws up the car business, so be it. If thousands of sales people lose jobs, so be it, they are regarded largely as hideous people (for good reasons). If something untenable comes up, like hundreds of thousands of people wanting cars direct from the factory creating havoc for dealerships, so be it. Force the dealerships to DEAL with it! Legislators need to stop thwarting the will of the people on this issue.
      brotherkenny4
      • 8 Months Ago
      In the vernacular of the right, a free market is where you are free to inhibit those that threaten the business of your benefactors. Much the same as freedom of religion is the freedom to force the correct religion on everyone.
      Joeviocoe
      • 8 Months Ago
      The proposed law allowing ZEVs to be sold up to 4% of all new car sales... is a good compromise. It should alleviate the fear that traditional automakers would push to direct sell other models and thus disenfranchise dealerships. But also gives time for the public to realize that the new sales model does not bring the doom and gloom that dealerships are saying will happen. And time for the public to make their decision as to whether or not they like being able to buy direct... and if it is truly cheaper to avoid the middleman.
      benjamin_braddock
      • 8 Months Ago
      Land of the free (unless you have to follow mafia rule)!
      paulwesterberg
      • 8 Months Ago
      New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Chris Christie now have an extra two weeks to carefully weigh bribes from all sides before making an informed decision on this matter.
      Levine Levine
      • 8 Months Ago
      New Jersey, home of the most corrupt politicians who will have several more weeks to sell favorable legislation for cash bribes. Apparently, NADA and members are not meeting the asking price and the negotiation is extended.
      Grendal
      • 8 Months Ago
      If Christie has no say in this ruling then how can he extend the deadline?
      paulwesterberg
      • 8 Months Ago
      New Jersey lawmakers and Gov. Chris Christie now have an extra two weeks to carefully weigh bribes from all sides before making an informed decision on this matter.