New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has just signed a bill allowing Tesla Motors to operate its company-owned direct-sale stores in that state.The bill, whose full text you can read here, counteracts a statewide ban on direct-to-consumer sales that was enacted in April 2014.The new bill passed the state’s General Assembly on Monday, from which point Gov. Christie had a 45-day window to decide whether to sign the bill into law.Importantly, the bill is not just a one-brand exemption for Tesla. In a statement, Christie’s office describes the new law as “giving manufacturers of zero emission cars, including Tesla, the ability to sell directly to New Jersey consumers at up to four locations in the state.”The bill dismantles parts of a regulation enacted by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission in April 2014, which required new-car dealers in the state to obtain a franchise agreement in order to do business. That piece of legislation forced the electric carmaker to … [Read more...] about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Legalizes Tesla Direct Sales
The 24 Hours of LeMons series travels all over the United States, making stops in such bustling cosmopolitan hotspots as Kershaw, South Carolina, and Deer Trail, Colorado. While the 2012 National LeMons Championship Awards are cool, we’re going to rip off Tip O’Neill’s famous phrase and say that all racing is local. So here we present the 2012 season winners of the five 24 Hours of LeMons regions: 1. Speedycop & the Gang of Outlaws, 54 pointsThe point system for determining regional champions works in exactly the same manner as the system for determining national champions: The top ten finishers in each race get one to 10 points each, depending on position, and every team that just shows up gets three points per entry. The Maryland-based Speedycop & the Gang of Outlaws went for quantity over speed, competing in four LeMons regions with 11 vehicles. Though the Outlaws don’t mind traveling thousands of miles, their geographical proximity to the East … [Read more...] about From California to New Jersey, the 2012 LeMons Season Regional Champs
16 Fisker Karmas waiting at a New Jersey port caught fire, with all 16 cars burning to the ground.Photos of the aftermath were obtained by Jalopnik, which also obtained this statement from Fisker“It was reported today that several Fisker Karmas were damaged by fire at the Port of Newark after being submerged in sea water during Superstorm Sandy. We can report that there were no injuries and none of the cars were being charged at the time.We have confidence in the Fisker Karma and safety is our primary concern. While we intend to find the cause as quickly as possible, storm damage has restricted access to the port. We will issue a further statement once the root cause has been determined.”Anyone with a science background (or anyone that got better than a C in Chemistry…): how do the vehicles go up in flames after being submerged in sea water. Anyone? Buller? … [Read more...] about Fisker Flambe At New Jersey Port Damages 16 Karmas
From 1967 to 1968, Chevy’s new Camaro didn’t change much. Sure, they deleted the front vent windows and added side-marker lights for the car’s second model year, but the tidy overall shape remained the same. For ’69, however, the General’s prime ponycar packed on some visual beef. Character lines appeared in the fenders, the taillights got wider; there was a feeling of bigger bigness that Chrysler would adopt with its E-Body Challenger and ‘Cuda in 1970 and Ford would push to a ridiculous extreme in ’71 with the aptly nicknamed “big-body” Mustangs.We apparently decided that 302 cubic inches and the Z/28 designation simply weren’t enough for such a car, acquired a ’69 Camaro SS with a four-speed Muncie and sent it off to a couple of guys in Pennsylvania named Roger and Mark. They’d seen some success with Camaros in the SCCA’s Trans-Am series and would later go on to help Porsche develop some weird turbocharged … [Read more...] about Maxi-mum Rocknroll: Our Old Project Camaro’s Alive in New Jersey!
A looming bump in New Jersey’s gas tax would mean fewer drivers from neighboring states crossing the Hudson and Delaware Rivers to take advantage of the state’s famously low pump prices.The state’s transportation fund is almost empty, roads and bridges need repairs, and Democrat lawmakers and select Republicans are putting pressure on Governor Chris Christie to send the gas tax skyward, according to the New York Times.How much higher? Try 23 cents/gallon more.New Jersey residents now enjoy the second-lowest gas tax in the nation, at 14.5 cents/gallon. (That includes a 10.4-cent motor fuels tax and a 4-cent petroleum products tax.)State Democrats want to raise the tax to 37.5 cents per gallon, citing a $46 million budget shortfall at New Jersey Transit and the poor condition of the state’s infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers gave New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure a D-minus grade in its 2016 report.A gas tax hike would allow … [Read more...] about Gas Tax Hike Could Kill New Jersey’s Famously Low Pump Prices
The Garden State remains the cheapest place to fill up in the Northeast, and you can thank government indecision for it.Lawmakers in New Jersey can’t decide on what to do about their state’s bone-dry transportation fund, and residents are equally divided on how to pay for future road projects. That means pump prices will stay low for the time being.A plan to raise the state’s famously low gas taxes by 23 cents a gallon hit a brick wall before the Independence Day weekend, after the Legislature failed to reach an agreement. As a result, Governor Chris Christie issued a call to stop all non-essential road and rail projects.The state’s Transportation Trust Fund is expected to run out of money on August 1, though federal funding will still roll in for certain services.Residents polled about a plan to amend the state’s constitution (to have all revenue from future and current gas taxes go towards road projects) were as divided as British referendum voters. Only … [Read more...] about New Jersey Road Projects Shut Down as State Spins its Wheels on Gas Tax
Dudebros in their diesel brodozers will need to take their coal rolling outside of New Jersey, as the state has banned the practice.Governor Chris Christie signed the legislation — S2418 — earlier this month, according to NJ.com. S2148 outlaws “retrofitting any diesel-powered vehicle with any device, smoke stack, or other equipment which enhances the vehicle’s capacity to emit soot, smoke, or other particulate emissions.” The law’s language is echoed elsewhere under current federal and state statutes, but Assemblyman Tim Eustace of Bergen, N.J. says the new law is there to ensure the aforementioned statutes are actually enforced: It’s to actually make sure we enforce the law. We have laws that law fallow, I think, in some circumstances. This doesn’t come off as very important unless you’ve been coal-rolled. As for what awaits someone more than willing to unleash black smoke upon their fellow driver in the Garden State, the New … [Read more...] about Coal Rolling Banned In New Jersey
Subaru of America is applying to move its headquarters four miles west of its current home in Cherry Hill, N.J., setting up shop in Camden, N.J.The new site — adjacent to Campbell Soup’s Campbell Gateway District — will house over 500 employees and various sales, marketing, service and administration functions within its 250,000 sq-ft floor plan, uniting said functions from the three separate sites in southern New Jersey where they currently reside.The application is subject to approval by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, with negotiations to come with developer Brandywine Realty Trust. The final decision is expected in April of 2015, with completion of the project by late 2016 or early 2017. … [Read more...] about Subaru Of America Applies For New HQ Site In New Jersey
New Jersey Democrats are pushing a wide-ranging distracted driving bill that would lead to harsh penalties for motorists, but does it mean cupholders will soon be outlawed in the Garden State?The answer: probably not, but the bill would give law enforcement the blanket regulation they need to lay a charge for anything from eating behind the wheel to fixing your hair.Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Middlesex) sponsored the bill seven months ago, but it still hasn’t come up for a vote. The backlash to the proposed legislation has been fierce, he told the Associated Press, with media stories and residents all claiming that the bill amounts to a ban on drinking coffee.“It was the ‘ham sandwich bill’ last time,” he told AP. “Now it’s coffee.”New Jersey already has laws that ban texting while driving and mandate hands-free calling, but the new bill adds other potentially distracting activities to the mix. Drivers would face a $200 to $400 fine … [Read more...] about Does New Jersey Really Want to Ban Drivers From Drinking Coffee?
After enjoying zero add-ons to their state gas tax since 1988, New Jersey residents are about to get a shock at the pumps.The Garden State will raise its gas tax by 23 cents a gallon as early as next week in order to fund state infrastructure projects, the New York Times reports. The move raises the tax from the second-lowest in the country (14.5 cents per gallon) to above the national average.As bad as this may seem to residents used to low, low pump prices, there’s a trade-off.While the state refills its bone-dry Transportation Trust Fund (which ran out this summer), residents will see the state sales tax drop over the next two years, from 7 percent to 6.625 percent. The estate tax will disappear after 2018.It took some time for the House to reach a compromise, as Governor Chris Christie fought hard to keep the gas tax status quo. State Democrats eventually agreed to lower other taxes as a way of offsetting the higher gas tax.While federal infrastructure funding … [Read more...] about Sorry, New Jersey — Your Wonderfully Low Gas Prices are Going Up