Democrats introduce legislation that could bring Tesla back to New Jersey

Electric car maker Tesla may have gotten a jump start today after being blocked from doing business in New Jersey, (5/1/14)

TRENTON - Electric car maker Tesla may have gotten a jump start today after being blocked from doing business in New Jersey.

Democrats in the state Assembly announced plans to introduce a bill that would allow the company to start selling again, if they open up a new service center in New Jersey.

Tesla's two New Jersey dealerships were suspended earlier this year because state law requires a car seller to use a dealer network that provides repairs.

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"Each one of our stores generates anywhere from $7 to 10 million of direct economic activity," says Tesla spokesperson Jim Chen. "We hire anywhere from half a dozen to a dozen New Jersey residents to be employees in those stores. So when we come into the state, we invest back into the state."

The bill would allow Tesla to open up two more retail locations in New Jersey.
     
It must still pass the full legislature and be signed by the governor.

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