NJ Sen. O’Scanlon “Before I’m done, we’ll have self-serve gas!”
The push to pump our own gas into New Jersey found success when a bipartisan, bi-gender bill was introduced earlier this month. That’s when Senator Declan O’Scanlon came on my show and gave us a 6 month over/under before we pumped our own gas.
And then the pump was snatched from our hands by Senate Speaker Nicholas Scutari, who says he doesn’t support it. We are not backing down and neither is Senator O’Scanlon, who you may recall helped eliminate red light cameras. The senator called on my New Jersey 101.5 show, you can listen to the full conversation on demand starting at 9:55 a.m.
Are we going to endure this?
“Damn no Steve, we’re not going to sit idly by. People have been telling us for a long time that we’re not going to have self-serve fuel. We’re going to get over that hurdle too.”
How did O’Scanlon feel when he learned of Scutari’s rejection?
“I think Nick Scutari is a good guy. Although I grieve him for that premature and misguided statement. He’s a good guy, he also left the door open for more talk.”
As for the Rutgers-Eagleton poll
“That poll question was a disaster,” O’Scanlon said. “They also maybe asked people, would you rather pay your dinner bill or have someone else pay your dinner bill? That was a stupid question. Do you want to pump your own gasoline or ask someone else to pump her?”
“We don’t really care what you choose, what we want is a choice for everyone and that’s what this bill does, provides a choice. If you want someone else pump your own gas, you shouldn’t care if I’m going to pump mine, don’t worry.
What about jobs?
“The job cut aspect is ridiculous. 49 other states have self serve and they have unemployment rates equal to or lower than ours. Also, if you talk to station owners, and they don’t find no people to pump gas in. If you’ve got a gas station line and there are orange cones at the pumps, it’s not because those pumps are down, it’s It’s because they can’t find anyone to pump those pumps.”
Was Senate Speaker Scutari aware of the self-service bill?
“He knows about the bill,” O’Scanlon says. “We haven’t introduced it to the Senate yet because we’re waiting for a Democratic sponsor. Even when we pass this bill, New Jersey will have the strongest mandates for full service in the country. So even when we adopt it, 60 to 80% of the stations will maintain their service because they have to or because they want to, 60% of them because they have to and 10 to 20% because they want to. . »
What about people who don’t believe they’ll save money?
“We’re going to have to save money,” says O’Scanlon. “Costs will go down and profits will go up because they will pump more because they won’t have closed pumps. The competition itself, which is fierce in this industry, will drive the prices down somewhat. Is it the 15 cents a gallon for self-serve that the industry expects, who knows? We do not care? The convenience itself, the time saving is worth it.”
And the question of security?
“Forty-nine other states don’t set themselves on fire, so for that to ring true, one would have to say that New Jerseyans are more flammable than people in other states.”
O’Scanlon goes on to say that “Jersey girls are hotter than anywhere else but they’re not more flammable.”
So about that plus/minus
“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.”
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