Sweeney extends anti-consumer restraint of trade with kibosh on self-serve gas

By Scott St. Clair | The Save Jersey Blog

Michael Hahn’s Star-Ledger op-ed in support of lifting the ban on self-service gas was right on the money.

Let New Jerseyans decide in the marketplace if they want to save on gas by pumping it themselves. As columnist Paul Mulshine noted, the ban was born of political corruption to restrain trade. Nothing so conceived ever benefits the public.

steve sweeneyYet state Senate President Steve Sweeney, who never met a taxpayer or consumer-friendly reform proposal he didn’t want to kill, has put the kibosh on bi-partisan efforts to lift the ban offering the flimsiest excuse as to why.

Please, Sen. Sweeney, spare us your reactionary, anti-reform talk about “convenience” because it doesn’t wash. No matter the weather, in the time you wait at the pump for an attendant to make his way to your car, you can fill up the tank yourself and be on your way.

Once again, we’re shown to be an economic backwater chock full of useless government regulation, featherbedding and antiquated work rules. In the rest of America, where there’s growth, new jobs and future-oriented thinking, they pump their own. In New Jersey, however, a political boss’ oppressive thumbs down on self-service denies us the freedom to choose.

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