In addition to legislative changes that would enable Tesla to continue using their current business model in NJ, there is also a bill being considered in Trenton that would help “traditional” car dealers. The bill is being opposed by car manufacturers, because–among other things–it would mandate that the manufacturers bear the full cost of warranty repairs, rather than forcing dealers to foot some of the expense.
As is now traditional when companies don’t like a law, the ones that are based in NJ are now threatening to leave the state if this bill is enacted. The departure of Maserati might not have much impact, but if Volvo, BMW, Jaguar/Land Rover, and Subaru move their corporate headquarters out of NJ, it would mean the departure of a few thousand jobs. In addition to moving their corporate headquarters, these companies are also threatening that they will stop using Port Newark/Port Elizabeth/Bayonne as the port of entry for their vehicles.
I side with the car dealers on this one, but nobody wants to lose jobs in a state where the nationwide economic recovery is yet to be seen.