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Shell Gas Station, Abescon, NJ, Dec. 12, 2016. (Photo: Roman Tiraspolsky/Shutterstock).

Coalition of N.J. gas stations to temporarily lower prices in support of self-serve gas

Advocacy group Fuel Your Way NJ will hold press conference on Friday

By Joey Fox, May 11 2022 1:07 pm

A group of 75 New Jersey gas stations associated with the advocacy group Fuel Your Way NJ will temporarily lower their prices this Friday to demonstrate their support for self-serve gas legislation, which they say will lower costs for consumers. The group will also hold a press conference in Jersey City on Friday drawing attention to the one-day price lowering.

“With the cost of gas prices continuing to rise, it’s taking a bigger and bigger bite out of people’s wallets,” said Sal Risalvato, the executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store, and Automotive Association. “We want the public to know that one of the quickest ways we can reduce gas prices is to allow gas stations the ability to offer self-serve in New Jersey.”

In March, a bipartisan group of New Jersey assemblymembers introduced the Motorist Fueling Choice and Convenience Act, which would overturn the state’s longtime ban on self-serve gas. New Jersey is now the only state in the union to completely bar drivers from pumping their own gas anywhere in the state; Oregon has a similar ban, but allows exceptions in the state’s more rural counties.

The legislation introduced in the Assembly, which has struggled to get buy-in from legislative leadership, would allow gas stations to choose whether to allow consumers to pump their own gas, though larger stations would still be required to provide full service during daytime hours.  

A poll conducted by Monmouth University in April found that 54% of New Jersey adults supported allowing self-serve as long as attendants were still available. If gas stations were allowed to do away with attendants entirely, however, support for self-serve gas dropped to 37%.

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