Double standards seen in New Jersey Guv’s move against Tesla

Article by Christian A., on March 18, 2014

When Chris Christie became governor of New Jersey four years ago, he vowed to revive the private sector and hold back benefits for public workers. But his administrations’ recent spat with Tesla Motors Inc. has some people becoming more dismayed at how he handled things.

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted March 11 to block Tesla from making direct sales to customers in the state. It appeased dealers, who see Tesla’s sales model as a threat to their bottom lines. But some were perturbed by the decision, including customers in the state who are looking to buy a Tesla Model S sedan online and direct from the carmaker.

One of such customers is Philip Blackwood of Lincroft, N.J. He purchased his Tesla Model S about a year ago, and he considers the biggest selling of the vehicle is it could be purchased directly, without having to worry about getting the short end of the stick that may happen inside a dealership.

For him, the latest move by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission protects dealers’ business interests, instead of consumers. “This was some sort of back-room politics,” said Blackwood told Bloomberg News.

Christie’s opponents say the Motor Vehicle Commission has become another as a weapon for the Governor to reward cronies and further his political goals. “This is a reversal of what all Republicans say they are about,”

Assemblyman Tim Eustace, a Democrat from Maywood, said of the ban on direct sales. “The car dealers put pressure on the powers-that-be and they tried to kill an industry. That’s antithetical to the idea of American free enterprise.”

Topics: tesla

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

A racing team is claiming that it has managed to break the lap record in its category in the ever-demanding Nurburgring circuit in 2016 while driving a road-going Volvo S60...
by - May 27, 2017
Aside from the officially confirmed BMW 8 Series, the next generation BMW M5 (F90) is getting a lot of attention from the fans, enthusiasts and even potential customers around the...
by - May 27, 2017
Automobili Lamborghini’s preparations for the production of its first ever sports utility vehicle, the new Lamborghini Urus, has reached new grounds as the Italian carmaker is disclosing plans to construct...
by - May 26, 2017
The upscale version of the GMC Yukon body-on-frame sport utility vehicle – the GMC Yukon Denali – has been refreshed for the 2018 model year. It now sports a new...
by - May 26, 2017
The largest gathering of Volkswagen and Audi cars in Europe is underway, and the German premium carmaker is displaying the third model of its G-Tron range at the 2017 Worthersee...
by - May 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries