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Letter to the governor of NJ. (Christie)

I got an email from tesla today that there's some legislative hurdles for tesla in NJ.

Join us at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
on Tuesday, March 11th at 2pm to show your support for Tesla in New Jersey.

Dear Tesla Advocates,

Tesla is under attack in New Jersey! Yesterday we received news that Governor Christie’s administration has gone back on its word to delay a proposed anti-Tesla regulation so that the matter can be handled in the legislature. Rather than stick up for New Jersey consumers, the Administration and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission are thwarting the legislature at the behest of a special interest group looking to protect its monopoly at the expense of New Jersey consumers. Instead, the Administration has decided to expedite Rule Proposal PRN 2013-138 that would curtail Tesla’s sales operations and jeopardize our existing retail licenses in the state. Tesla could be forced to shutter all operations in the state as early as this afternoon!
You can show your support by contacting the Governor or your local State Legislator, and let them know that you want Tesla to stay and grow in New Jersey!
Other ways to show support:
Please join us and other Tesla Advocates at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s meeting to help defeat this regulation.
What: New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 11th at 2pm
Where: New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission
225 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
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Here's what I quickly wrote to the governor's office.

Dear Mr. Christie
Tesla is an American company and has done everything right in thinking out of the box in changing an automobile experience.
Whether it's transparency, an honest buying experience, a better driving and ownership experience and being environmentally responsible.
I'm not sure why the state isn't embracing the company and all that it stands for.
As an owner of two electric cars, one from tesla, the other from Nissan, I have a unique experience of ownership.
I haven't had a better purchase experience. In today's age, in my opinion, car dealers aren't needed. Users can configure their cars online and go through all options. The only thing we need dealers for, is to service a car.
It will save the public tons of money by eliminating unnecessary middlemen, and enable them to spend money elsewhere. In a more meaningful place.
Please don't let anyone out hurdles for tesla. We are going through and evolution. With changing times and changing technologies, we should embrace the future.


Considering Mr Christie apparently has presidential desires, I think this is one time where we can all pile on and ask why he wants to get in the way of an American company creating American manufacturing jobs?


I agree. Make this about blocking US innovation. Make this about pandering to automotive dealers - I'm sure that will resonate in voters' minds. Make this about maintaining the status quo of rip-off auto dealerships with their "financing guys" in the dark room in the back... Make this about Christie being out of touch with reality. Also, someone should make this a constitutional issue of interfering with interstate commerce.

Don't forget to include money with your letter

@hamer Aren't you the cynic! This is why I loved Mike Bloomberg. You couldn't bribe him.

@jt: I? Cynical?

As often happens, you stumbled just before the finish line: "anyone out hurdles [??] for tesla [Tesla]. We are going through and [an] evolution".

Proofing reduces embarrassment.

Like mistyping names. Praveer. (In my defense, it's the first time I've ever seen that one. ;) )

Too late, that #*%$ passed the bill to ban tesla sales!

Interesting, but maybe a predictable road block using back door agreements coupled with antiquated laws that are no longer needed.

The success of Tesla will not be defined by different States of the Union - It will be defined by its unequivocal rapid adoption success in the overseas market.

This market will dwarf the US sales to a point where these silly NADA lawsuits (masquerading as consumer rights issues), will look more and more ridiculous.

Passed it without public comment/input.

I guess Chris Christie just sealed his presidential fate. If the Republican party puts him up for president, I certainly can't/won't vote for him.

$ and politics
we get what we deserve

I sent my email to the Governor this morning, which I assumed would fall on deaf ears, and it did. Then I went to the Springfield SC to pick up my second P85. Amazing how I was able to actually buy not one, but two Tesla's, without having a dealer around to hold my hand, act in my best interest and protect from the evil car manufacturer.

NJ politics are such a farce. The consumer always gets the shaft.

@tonysled; his actions on issue will surely come back to haunt him if he does elect to run for nationalwide office.

"I'm Chris Christie and I want your vote! I'm against free enterprise, transparency in government, and American manufacturing."

And this is the next US president... Bush wasn't enough.

If all goes right, Tesla will sue NJ. Tesla will lose, appeal it all the way to the fed appeals court, at which point federal trade and interstate commerce laws will prevail, overturning decisions in all 3 states that exclude dealerships. Christie will go down in history as the initiator of the downfall of the Car Dealership model--well done governor Christie and thanks from all of us that support free enterprise
and capitalism.

Car t,
One party spent over $1B while the other just under $1B in the last presidential race. It was all spent for a job that pays less than $500K a year for four years. Bush, Obama, CC, it does not matter. When there is that much money at play, no one is credible.

After years of buying cars from a dealer and feeling I was being taken. I had the most rewarding experience buying a Tesla I hope to never go back to a dealer again.

Trenton Fats isn't exactly the boy wonder of the national GOP any more, and being mean to a California company and to people who can pay $80-100K for a car has nothing to do with that. As for running for President, he'll cross that bridge when he comes to it.

Christie is figuratively a pig .

Ahh, politics as usual. I think Christie just wants all car buyers to have equal treatment. Have you ever known someone who's had a good experience with a car dealership. Personally, my anxiety level sky rocketed each time I had to step inside a dealership. It was always a battle and they would just wear me down or try to sneak various costs into the contract or try and rip me off with the trade-in etc. Warranty: seems never to cover that which is wrong with the car. Repairs: another way to screw the customer and make money for the owner. I will NEVER set foot into a auto dealership again and will constantly praise my Tesla, the purchase and the way Tesla stands behind their product.

Sales Tax: Anyone know which state gets the sales tax when an individual living in one state buys a Tesla in another state and picks up his product in that state? My understanding is that if you live in say, Ct. and buy something in another state the sales tax stays in that state, or is the sales tax transferred to the state where the car is registered? I am hoping the state that sells the car keeps the sales tax.

Sorry for Mr. Chris Christie. He just lost my vote and I’m sure thousands more if he ever runs for President.
I’m confident Tesla will win in N.J in the long run, because the more states or interest groups try to stop Tesla’s direct sales model the more demand this will create. It’s just going to be inconvenient for N.J customers.
We all know that If people want any product for any reason, consumes will find a way to buy it. N/J just going to miss all the sales tax dollars.

Either system can be abused in all honesty. However, the requirement to have an on-site service center is funny. Dealerships abused service center pricing so much we had to legislate to bring it under control and require manufacturers to honor warranties so owners could get reasonable prices elsewhere (without voiding the warranty). All of the unexplained delays for Tesla's applications are inexcusable, unexplained and completely typical for that administration...I guess it was just a staffer again.

What is odd is that the number one car in Norway is an American made car. Yet American rules and regulations make it difficult to purchase said car in the USA.

Pretty much lost my vote if he runs for president...

To those saying that Chris Christie has presidential aspirations, as far as I'm concerned, those evaporated with the last round of scandals. He doesn't stand a chance. There's no way he'll get the nomination after all that. And I'm sure that is just the tip of the iceberg.

That's right Jeff. He was done with the bridge fiasco. Either he was so clueless that this all happened without his knowledge and he is therefore unfit for office or he lied and purposely put people in jeopardy and passed the blame onto his staff. Either way, his political goose is cooked.

let us fight like real "MUSKeteers"!
one for all, and all for one.

If Christie is anything like a seasoned politician, he will suddenly be a champion of Tesla when things turn. And the latest traffic scandal? Long forgotten in 2 years.

Remember 'Side step' from "Best Little Whorehouse" ?