On Tuesday, under pressure from the New Jersey auto dealer lobby
to protect its monopoly, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission,
composed of political appointees of the Governor, ended your
right to purchase vehicles at a manufacturer store within the
state. Governor Christie had promised that this would be put to a
vote of the elected state legislature, which is the appropriate
way to change the law. When it became apparent to the auto dealer
lobby that this approach would not succeed, they cut a backroom
deal with the Governor to circumvent the legislative process and
pass a regulation that is fundamentally contrary to the intent of
Cogent and persuasive.
“This Musk guy, he wants all the profits for himself,” says Tom
Dougherty, a 25-year veteran of the business who now works in
sales at the BMW dealership in upscale Princeton, New Jersey.
“They wanted to go direct, which means no sales force. That’s
cutting out a lot of people. No way that’s gonna fly.”