New Jersey Senate president quashes pump-your-own gas bill

A top lawmaker says a proposal to let New Jersey drivers pump their own gas is going nowhere in the state Senate.

A gasoline station attendant pumps diesel into a car at a filling station in this file photo. (Photo Illustration by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A gasoline station attendant pumps diesel into a car at a filling station in this file photo. (Photo Illustration by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) (5/19/15)

TRENTON - A top lawmaker says a proposal to let New Jersey drivers pump their own gas is going nowhere in the state Senate.

Senate President Steve Sweeney said on Tuesday that recently introduced measures to roll back the law requiring gas station attendants to pump gas will not be posted as long as he's in charge.

Sweeney says there's nothing wrong with the current system and that it's a matter of convenience, not safety.

New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states that bar motorists from pumping their own gas.

Republican Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon and Sen. Gerald Cardinale as well as Democratic state Sen. Paul Sarlo want to end the prohibition that dates back to a 1949 law.

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