When it comes to being able to pump our own gasoline into New Jersey, in the words of Jersey’s Frankie Valli: “So close and yet so far.”
Just when we thought that with a new Senate President and a bill that would bring self-serve gas to New Jersey, we might finally be able to pump our own and not be at the mercy of an overworked or lazy attendant while we stare dumbfounded at an orange cone in front of the pump, new Senate Speaker Nicholas Scutari objects.
Without Scutari’s support, the bill to make self-serve an option in New Jersey will never see a vote in the upper house.
Why wouldn’t Scutari support the bill?
“There is no data to support a claim that moving to a self-serve model would save residents money at the pump,” Scutari told NJ Monitor.
Sal Risalvato, executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience store, and Automotive Association, has repeatedly explained on all of our New Jersey 101.5 shows that consumers will save 15 cents a gallon or more.
Senator Declan O’Scanlon, who had so much faith in the proposed bill, called the over/under to pump our own gas into New Jersey at 6 months.
He joined me on New Jersey 101.5, you can listen to the full conversation on demand starting at 9:55 a.m.:
Do you still think we’ll see self-serve gasoline in New Jersey?
“Our odds are down for now, but long term, 100% bring it to the bank, before I’m done serving the Legislative Assembly, we’ll have self-serve gasoline.”
To read more about my conversation with O’Scanlon, click here.
Enough of that already. Why can 49 other states do something New Jersey residents are not allowed to do? It’s so childish that I feel like a little kid in the playground yelling “That’s not fair” and it’s not.
It’s not fair to the gas station owner who doesn’t have the same opportunity for self-service as other businesses like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and many fast food outlets. It is unfair to the consumer who now pays full price for gasoline to have the choice of being able to pump it themselves or risk being late for an appointment.
Nor is it fair to you, the resident of New Jersey, who is denied the ability to make a choice at the pump, who will have a mandated attendant there if you choose to do so.
No one is asking to remove the attendant from his job. Everyone asks for the freedom to choose if they want to pump it themselves. This is not a matter that should be in the hands of one man.
Like marijuana and raising the minimum wage, New Jersey should put this on the ballot and let us vote on it. Admittedly, the vote would be close, but I am ready to take this chance.
The views expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise only. Follow him on Twitter @realstevetrev.
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Best Cafes and Cafes Near NJ Beaches
When it comes to food, New Jersey is known for many things such as pizza and pork roll. Don’t count us out when it comes to coffee.
With all the hustle and bustle of the average New Jersey resident’s day, coffee is essential. It doesn’t matter if you live in the towns of North Jersey or the vacation spots by the sea.
In fact, as the former owner of two Jersey Shore cafes, Coffee Dot Comedy in Sea Isle City and the Daily Grind in Ocean Grove, I know firsthand how much Jersey Shore people love their Coffee.
In this regard, I asked my social networks to follow where the best cafes on the Jersey Shore were located, especially since both of my places no longer exist.