“Let’s say you’re going to a wedding or something and you’re in your nice suit — so you have to be really careful,” said Earl Eden, 62, of Montclair. “Happened to me, I was going to a wedding and I had to stop and gas up and I’m like, ‘Oh boy’.”
In fact, Dr. Ashley Koning, director of Rutgers University’s Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, was conducting a poll on the very subject when the bill was unveiled. She found that 73 percent of respondents would rather stick with full-service gas.
“We joke that Jersey girls pump up their fists but not their gas,” Koning said. “It’s a long tradition in the state, and it’s been sort of a third rail policy whenever the issue has been raised. It’s one of those last bastions of something we have in New Jersey that we don’t want to let go of.”
So far, this has again impacted reception of the bill, as lawmakers balked at questions about their views on the state’s introduction of self-service pumps. Gov. Phil Murphy was noncommittal when asked about the bill, while Senate President Nicholas Scutari said so New Jersey Monitor He flatly rejected the proposal, effectively diminishing the bill’s chances of getting out of committee.
Still, Rep. Murphy (no relation to the governor) insisted there is still gas in the tank, suggesting there are still carve-outs for other fuels.
“You can handle your own diesel gas yourself,” she told Gothamist. “You know, that’s not illegal in New Jersey. Charging stations, you know, nobody stands there and charges your vehicle. You can do it yourself.”
She said she will try to push the law forward in the fall.
Koning said framing the bill as additional choices for drivers could help finally gain public support, even if it could be a steep climb.
“It’s the same as asking something like ‘Bon Jovi versus Springsteen,'” Koning said. “You may prefer one of them, but you certainly wouldn’t turn down a free ticket for the other concert.”
https://gothamist.com/news/latest-push-to-let-nj-pump-its-own-gas-sputters-to-a-stop-again Final push to bring NJ to a standstill (again) on its own gas spatter