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State Sen. Gerald Cardinale. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Cardinale wants NJ. to lift ban on self-service gas stations

By David Wildstein, April 27 2020 12:20 pm

New Jerseyans should be able to pump their own gas during the coronavirus health crisis, State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) said today.

“It’s amazing that we continue to force New Jerseyans to violate social distancing guidelines at the gas pumps,” said Cardinale. “From a public health perspective, limiting unnecessary personal interaction at gas pumps would protect both workers and customers from unnecessary risk while the coronavirus is still spreading. If a station has four pumps, including one with an attendant, drivers should have a choice to select where they fill up based on their personal preference for maintaining convenience or limiting face-to-face interactions during the pandemic.”

New Jersey is one of two U.S. states that prohibit self-service gasoline stations.

“Oregon has temporarily lifted its ban on self-service in response to the public health emergency,” said Cardinale, a Bergen County Republicans serving his 12th term in the Senate. “New Jersey should too.”

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