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Elon Musk accuses New Jersey governor of backroom dealing in Tesla ban

15
Mar
2014

Coming days after Tesla was effectively banned from selling cars directly to customers in New Jersey, CEO Elon Musk personally penned a post on the Tesla blog expressing his disappointment with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commissions ruling. In the course of the screed, Musk states that the laws already on the books originally designed to protect car dealers from powerful auto manufacturers are now being twisted to an unjust purpose. Dealers currently wield considerable clout, and are able to influence policymakers to pass proposals like PRN 2013-138 that force car makers to sell under their auspices and prevent choice. Now the same can happen to Tesla, even though the Model S earned top marks at Consumer Reports last year. If you believe this, he writes, Gov. Christie has a bridge closure he wants to sell you! Unless they are referring to the mafia version of protection, this is obviously untrue. Tesla is still intent on selling cars until April 1st, and will transition to galleries when the law goes into effect.

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