Why can’t we pump our own gas into New Jersey?
Don’t you think it’s time we took care of our own pumps at the station?
A few months ago, a bill was proposed to allow New Jersey residents to pump their own gasoline. It was met with much criticism and ultimately did not pass.
I understand the hesitation behind introducing self-service to the Garden State. With anything new, comes fear.
Having gas station attendants creates more jobs, which helps the economy. And on a less serious note, it’s nice not having to leave your car during New Jersey’s harsh winters and wet summers.
To put it bluntly, I really think we got this one wrong, New Jersey.
I’ve lived in a few states where I’ve had to pump my own gas, and it’s really not as bad as it sounds. I actually prefer having my own control than being able to leave once I’m done instead of waiting for a busy attendant to finish with other customers.
If the bill were passed, gas stations could have had both full-service and self-serve options. It was shocking to see that people still objected to it even though it seemed to make everyone happy.
The most confusing thing about New Jersey opposing self-service gas is how much money it could have saved us. Gas prices are at record highs right now. So many people complain about the prices. Why refuse something that could have potentially brought us financial relief?
If ever the bill comes back on the table, I really think we should reconsider.
How much did gas cost the year you started driving? Hint: probably cheaper than it is now.
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