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Chris Christie, in Reversal, Lets Tesla Motors Open NJ Dealerships

By    |   Thursday, 19 March 2015 06:26 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made it legal for manufacturers of electric cars, like Tesla Motors, to sell their vehicles directly to consumers in his state, Bloomberg reported.

Christie, who is a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, signed a bill that modifies New Jersey's car dealership laws. "We're pleased that manufacturers like Tesla will now have the opportunity to establish direct sales operations," Christie said.

The legislation was opposed by the car dealers association and, in March 2014, New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission had voted unanimously to block direct sales for Tesla.

The law means that the Palo Alto, California, manufacturer will now be able to market its zero-emission vehicles directly to buyers via company-owned dealerships. Tesla will be obliged to maintain a service center in the Garden State where owners of its cars can have them repaired.

Following the commission's ruling, the automaker had turned its New Jersey shops into "galleries" and sent potential consumers to stores in neighboring Pennsylvania and New York.

Tesla had all along questioned the dealers' claim that their opposition was intended to protect consumers from car manufacturers.

"Unless they are referring to the mafia version of 'protection,' this is obviously untrue. Consumer protection is pretty much the furthest thing from the typical car dealer's mind," Elon Musk, the company's chief executive officer, blogged.

The auto dealers also argued that having manufacturers sell directly creates a monopoly.

"The factory store model advocated by Tesla generates jobs, tax revenue and economic benefits in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street, but not here in New Jersey," said James Appleton, president New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, Bloomberg reported.

Tesla has sold some 600 Model S sedans in the state. Customers have all along been able to order the car online and have them delivered, but that method meant they didn't have the chance to test drive the vehicles first.

Meanwhile, Tesla is pushing for similar direct sales legislation in Georgia and Texas, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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