Christie on TSLA Sales: NJ Tesla Ban Isn’t His Fault

by William White | July 17, 2014 2:56 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t claiming responsibility[1] for the ban of Tesla Motors’ (TSLA[2]) vehicles in the state.

tsla-tesla[3]Christie claims that his administration turned a blind eye to Tesla for a full year to give them time for what it was doing, but that it couldn’t continue to do so. He went on to say that he doesn’t like the law that bans the company from selling cars either, but that he couldn’t just ignore a law he didn’t like, reports The Star-Ledger.

Christie also said that he had a bill on his desk that would allow Tesla to operate in the state, but that it would only further hurt anti-competition in the state. He is actually referring to two bills that may be combined into a single bill, The Star-Ledger notes.

Prior to Christie’s statements, Tesla CEO Elon Musk accused the governor of making a deal[4] with a powerful auto lobby to keep his company from selling cars in the state.

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