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October 7, 2020
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  Executive Directors Message  

You should have noticed yesterday that we sent out our annual Member Benefit Partner Survey to get feedback on our program. We would greatly appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete the information. We are preparing to put together the 2021 MBP program and the highest consideration is given to your experiences with the MBPs currently in our program before invitations are made for 2021. Even if you do not use one of our MBPs for any of your needs, please tell us about who you do use and let us know if we should be inviting them into our program. It is important to us that only vendors who have met our members' satisfaction and received high recommendations are permitted in our program.
We mentioned last week that Governor Newsom in California announced a statewide ban on gasoline powered vehicles by 2023. There's a lot going on in the electric vehicle marketplace and this is something that we predict will ultimately filter into New Jersey as well as other states. We have been working with several charging station installers to help educate all of you on what is involved in the installation process and what the costs are. It is important that this is on your radar for items to consider for capital investment. I will continue to remind you that every one of your customers that purchases electric vehicles is a customer that you will never see again; unless you are selling the charging for these customers to fill up or are servicing electric vehicles in your shop.
Finally, I want to let you all know that our annual Voter Guide edition of the On the Road newsletter should be hitting your mailboxes shortly. This Voter Guide will be more important than ever, with comprehensive information on all of the federal and a few state legislators up for consideration. We hope to provide enough information for our members to make knowledgeable decisions on the issues that matter most for your small businesses, your livelihood, and your families. Please be on the lookout and reserve some time to study the candidates that you will be voting for.
Be Well -  
Sal Risalvato
Executive Director




  Training Class Schedule  

All classes held at NJGCA HQ -- 4900 Route 33 West, Wall Township, NJ 07753

Two-Day Emissions Inspector Training Class
October 21st & 22nd, 2020

After a long delay due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, NJGCA is pleased to announce that our training classes will resume! If you, a colleague, or an employee technician wishes to become a NJ Emissions Inspector, we can help and now is your chance! NJGCA will offer a two-day class with all the information and training you need to become a NJ Emissions Inspector.
On day one you will receive in-class instruction from NJGCA's instructor. We will break for lunch (provided), and the State will administer the written test in the afternoon. On day two will go over the hands-on test at an emission inspection location to fully prepare you for the hands-on test.
In light of the current crisis, and to protect both students and staffers, all participants must wear facemasks at all times while on the premises and respect social-distancing guidelines.

October class registration click here



  News Around The State  

New Jersey Wouldn't Need A Gas Tax If We Could Pump Our Own (Opinion)
Last Thursday, another hike to the New Jersey gas tax kicked - another 9.3 cents a gallon. Every time I see the gas tax rise I'm reminded of how we could be saving up to 23 cents a gallon if we pumped our own. That's according to Sal Risalvato, the executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline and Convenience Automotive Association. Risalvato came on my show Thursday, Oct. 1 and said if we were able to pump our own gas, there would be no reason for a gas tax in the first place because people wouldn't be getting their gas out of state."At the pump, gas today, based on the cost of labor, would be about 15 cents (a gallon less)," Risalvato said on my show. "And I say in some instances 20 cents a gallon less. So if you went to a self-serve pump, you'd be saving 15 or 20 cents a gallon."

EPA Challenges California on Gasoline-Car Ban
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is questioning California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to ban sales of new gasoline- and diesel-powered passenger cars by 2035, reports the Wall Street Journal. As NACS Daily reported, Newsom signed the order last week as part of the state's efforts to promote electric or zero-emission vehicles. Californians still would be allowed to own vehicles with internal combustion engines and resell them. But in a letter to Newsom this week, Andrew Wheeler, EPA administrator, said a statewide shift to electric vehicles would strain California's already-troubled electric grid.

Murphy Formally Launches Bid For 2nd Term As Governor, Will Run With Oliver
Gov. Phil Murphy formally will begin his bid for a second term today, filing a campaign committee with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission allowing him to immediately begin raising money for his re-election bid. The move allows Murphy to get a jump on fundraising during the 4th quarter of 2020.  New Jersey requires candidates to file with ELEC within ten days of receiving the first contribution or making the initial expenditure. "Filing with ELEC is a procedural step that will allow our campaign to legally begin raising money for the 2021 Primary Election," said Caitlin Mota, a spokesperson for the Murphy campaign. "Governor Murphy remains focused on leading New Jersey through the COVID-19 pandemic and building a stronger and fairer economy for every family."



  Energy Information Agency Weekly Retail Gasoline Prices  
Each week, the Energy Information Administration publishes a list of average gasoline prices for the previous three weeks. NJGCA will begin including this list with the Weekly Road Warrior. Remember, these prices are reflective of self-serve everywhere except NJ.


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