Capitalists when convenient

You can no longer buy a Tesla in New Jersey.

Governor Chris Christie’s bureaucracy just passed a regulation that requires all automobile companies to use franchises to sell their cars.    Tesla_Roadster_Japanese_display

If you can think of any possible reason why such a regulation is needed, please let me know.

This only affects electric car manufacturer Tesla, now prohibited from selling its vehicles in New Jersey since they sell direct.   This regulation prohibits the citizens of New Jersey from being able to shop for a legal product they may want to purchase.  The only beneficiaries of this are the gas-burning automobile manufacturers.  Hey, speaking of them, did you know that they donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Christie re-election campaign?  Pure coincidence, I am sure.

Chris Christie and his Republican friends may talk about the “free market” but clearly that only applies to their  rich friends.  (I could make a similar argument about cable companies and other monopolies that are sanctioned by governments.)

Conservative and libertarian groups who are honest and true to their ideology are outraged (as are liberal groups, of course).   The New Jersey state legislature can still try to pass legislation to redact this (assuming they can get enough votes to override Christie’s veto).

7 thoughts on “Capitalists when convenient

  1. Well, you made the same mistake as Daily Kos. Virginia also has a law that doesn’t allow manufacturers to sell directly to the public. It’s an awful anti-consumer law. What it is NOT is an attempt to kill electric cars in general or Tesla in particular, since it pre-dates both. It’s a law backed and defended by car dealerships who don’t want to compete with the manufacturers. You can buy an electric car in any of the states that prohibit direct sales. You just have to buy it at a dealership, I know Chevy sells an all-electric I’m sure other companies that have dealerships do as well. Now should a state be able to, in effect, make Tesla’s business plan illegal? No, it’s uncalled for interference in the free market. But it doesn’t have jack to do with electric cars.


    • The distinction is that in New Jersey, this is a new regulation. For years, car manufacturers did just fine and now suddenly they need this new regulation? What has changed? Only one thing.

      It is an attempt by established companies from having to compete. I’m not certain it’s because of the electric car or just because they don’t want anyone not doing it the way they do it, but it is clearly a regulation that is not beneficial to consumers.


  2. So every custom car shop in NJ is now out of business if they want to make cars to see on their own. Funny since they use gas burning engines. An entire art, under attack because of the shortsighted of big oil, and a big mouth.

    As a person who works on his own cars, and has a background in autoracing–I find this new legislation absurd. I’m such a typical knee-jerk liberal car hugger!!! Me and the late Paul Newman among others. lol


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  4. Were there any recharge stations in New Jersey? The closest one I know of is here in Milford, CT. As much as I like the Tesla, the infrastructure isn’t there. Just like hydrogen fueled cars. We could have it tomorrow (figuratively), if we were to invest about a trillion dollars in the infrastructure.


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