By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
On Wednesday, Governor Chris Christie signed legislation permitting Tesla Motors to sell their cars directly to New Jersey consumers, superseding previous rules adopted by the MVC.
“I said last year that if the Legislature changed the law, I would sign new legislation put on my desk and that is exactly what I’m doing today,” said Governor Christie in a statement. “We’re pleased that manufacturers like Tesla will now have the opportunity to establish direct sales operations for consumers in a manner lawfully in New Jersey.”
The bill (A-3216 / S-2098) changes New Jersey law by removing a prohibition on direct sales by auto manufactures without franchise agreements. The only catch, Save Jerseyans? Tesla needs to maintain an in-state serving facility and report annually to the Division of Taxation. The Democrat leadership-based legislation had unsurprisingly drawn strong opposition from sectors of the auto industry.