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May 12, 2022
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Photo via Sal Risalvato

If you haven't already seen, this Friday the Fuel Your Way NJ campaign will be doing a "day of awareness" to demonstrate how much money motorists can save by changing legislation to allow for a choice to fuel up themselves at the pump. This is being done because we are trying to remove the skepticism coming from legislative leadership that believe gasoline retailers are not willing to pass on any savings if they allow self-serve gasoline in New Jersey. What they don't understand is that this is very much about convenience to motorists and the inability of gas station owners to find enough employees to work the pumps. The images posted above are what will be displayed and handed out at the pumps at 78 participating stations. You can view the media advisory sent on Wednesday and press release set to be sent out on Friday to find the participating stations. Even if you are not participating on Friday, we will be happy to provide you with the cone topper signs that you can stick in the orange cones blocking your pumps. You can also hand out the information that will allow customers to contact legislators with the push of a button while they are filling up at your pumps.  Let us know and we will get the materials to you.


Trenton may finally be ready to make reforms to their antiquated liquor licensing laws. We have been advocating for several years for a special license that will allow convenience stores the ability to sell beer and wine. Our members are not looking to become liquor stores and sell hard liquor and spirits. They simply want to be able to offer their customers the convenience of picking up a six pack or bottle of wine for dinner on their way home while they are gassing up. The Governor's office recently called me and asked me to meet with some of their policy staff to discuss ways that this can be done. Last week I received an invitation to testify from the Assembly Oversight Reform Committee. Chairman Danielson has been interested in this issue and we have met with him several times in the past few years to give him more information on where we stand on the issue. Of course the liquor store industry is adamantly opposed, as are the beer wholesalers. I used my time testifying to explain to the committee how this would be a benefit to small businesses that operate convenience stores and to consumers. You can read my testimony HERE and you can hear my actual testimony by clicking HERE and skipping to the 1:22:25 mark. 


Eric and I attended both the Senate and Assembly budget hearings last week for motor vehicle operations. As in previous years, once again the head of motor vehicles was unable to answer the question to legislators about when a new motor vehicle program will be in place. Legislators continue to point out that the old program is costing the state millions of dollars. Because the actual bid on the contract continues to be in legal proceedings, as there is another protest from one of the bidders, we are unable to get any official information. Basically, no one will talk to us. Of course, we will keep you posted if there are any updates to this. 


The marketplace continues to be a problem because of volatility. Fluctuation in price can be backbreaking if you receive a tanker delivery on the wrong day. There's no way other than a crystal ball to determine when these huge increases and decreases in the price of gasoline and diesel will take place. Other than maintaining your margin, I have no advice. Those of you selling diesel are having a bigger problem than those of you selling gasoline. Our Board President Joe Ocello sent us the picture below this week, sent from a trucker friend of his at a New Jersey pump. This is only half a tank of diesel for his truck. 

Be Well -  

Sal Risalvato
Executive Director




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


ASE Training Course - Reach Out Today!

Are you (or an employee) getting ready to take your A6, A8, or L1 in preparation to recertifying your Emission Repair Technician (ERT) credentials through the State's Emission Technician Education Program (ETEP)?  

We can help --- but we need to hear from you, first! 
NJGCA wants to hear from students interested in our ASE-prep training program, so we can gauge demand and schedule our next session series. 

As you know, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has always maintained a "dual-track" system to allow technicians to earn their Emission Repair Technician (ERT) credentials through New Jersey's Emission Technician Education Program (ETEP). In doing so, technicians were allowed to certify as ERTs through either an ASE-test track or an ETEP-educational class track. Starting on January 1, 2020, NJDEP amended the ETEP criteria, and the ETEP-educational class track was abolished.  

Today, only the ASE-test track remains, and all ERTs must certify or re-certify their credentials though ASE to remain in the Program. 

NJGCA has recently offered an ASE-prep class to help you get ready for the A6, A8, and L1. In doing so, students were welcome to participate in a ten-session preparatory class that covered material for all three ASE exams. We also had a handful of students who joined us only for the A8 or L1 sections.  

Once completed, students took their ASE exams with a local ASE-approved test proctor (NJGCA can train you to prepare for the ASE exams, but are not permitted to offer the actual exam - students must make these arrangements individually themselves). 

Building on that success, we are now seeking student participation in our next training series session. To make arrangements and organize a session, we need to hear from you! 

If you are interested, please email us at training@njgca.org ASAP. 

We'll record your interest, inquire on your availability, and schedule a class once we have a full complement of students.   

Only with your feedback can we gauge student headcount and participation.  

Please reach out to us today, and thank you for your interest! 

Contact Nick De Palma at Nick@njgca.org to inquire about potential trainings and class dates



  News Around The State  


PUMP PATROL: New Jersey Average Price For Gallon Of Gas Close To Breaking State Record

Gas prices nationwide, and especially in New Jersey, are reaching record highs again, even after efforts by President Joe Biden in early spring to release millions of barrels of crude oil from the strategic reserve. . . "You're the customer. You determine whether you want to pay it or not," said Sal Risalvato, executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline Convenience Store and Automotive Association. He added that gas station owners also determine prices based on how much they pay for deliveries, which also fluctuates every day. "It's a crapshoot ordering your delivery of gas," Risalvato said. "The volatility in prices right now is unprecedented."


NY, NJ Motorists Feel The Pain Amid Gas Price Surge

Motorists are facing another day of record high gas prices in the Tri-State area. The soaring prices are stretching people's budgets, compounded by inflation driving up prices on things like food and clothing. Nationwide, the average price of gasoline surged overnight another five cents to $4.37 a gallon. . . "The market has been fluctuating, and the variations in the markets have never been as great as they have been in the last month in half," said Sal Risalvato of the NJ Gasoline Automotive Association.


Pump Prices, Inflation Have Americans Rethinking Summer Travel

In the past two weeks, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has risen over 20 cents to $4.37, surpassing the record set on March 11, according to AAA. The increase is primarily due to the high cost of crude oil, which was hovering near $100 a barrel last week. Diesel set a new record of $5.55 a gallon. Oil prices were down 88 cents, or 0.8%, at $105.06 a barrel on Tuesday at 0924 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 75 cents, or 0.7%, to $102.34 a barrel, reports Reuters. Oil prices are falling as the market balances the impending European Union sanctions on Russian oil with demand concerns related to coronavirus lockdowns in China, a strong dollar and growing recession risks.


What Gas Stations Are Doing To Save You Money at the Pump

With gas prices being out of control in New Jersey - up more than 20 cents a gallon from last week and 40 cents a gallon from last month - some owners are taking matters into their own hands. Well, actually they're putting matters into your own hands. Sal Risalvato is the executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store and Automotive Association and they plan on doing a day of awareness this Friday to show how much money we'll save if we simply pump our own gas.


Gas Prices Set Another Record

Gas prices hit another record high at the pumps today. The national average for a regular gallon of gas is $4.404 a gallon, up from $4.374 yesterday, according to AAA. The price is not adjusted for inflation, reports CNBC. Consumers are now paying $1.41 more a gallon than last year. Diesel is also up, with the national average at $5.553 per gallon today, up slightly from $5.55 a gallon yesterday, which is also a record. Prices have hit a new high for at least the past eight days. Meanwhile, West Texas Intermediate crude, the U.S. oil benchmark, was trading around $105.16 per barrel this morning.


Op-Ed: Youth Tobacco Use Needs More Than A Menthol Ban

The Food and Drug Administration's recently announced plan to ban menthol-flavored cigarettes is a strong vision to reduce the disproportionately high rates of Black and youth smokers who get hooked on the highly addictive flavor due in large part to decades of manipulative, targeted marketing from the tobacco industry. But it's muddled in previously failed attempts, industry pushback and lawsuits, and opposing legislators who prefer the tax revenue created by these sales. Federal regulation is effective, but it's not always straightforward and often takes years to progress.


N.J. Leader Has 2 Ideas To Help Drivers Facing Record High Gas Prices

With gas prices hitting record levels this week, a state lawmaker has proposed rebates for drivers and free transit rides to ease the fiscal pain and provide an option to driving. Drivers could get a $400 to $800 rebate and NJ Transit riders could get a three month break from fares if legislation proposed by Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, D-Hudson, is approved by the legislature and signed by Gov. Phil Murphy. The New Jersey Monitor first reported on the legislation. . . His proposal joins a trio of ideas proposed by state legislators to give drivers relief from spiraling gas prices that include a Republican tax credit plan, temporarily cutting the state gas tax rate and allowing drivers to pump their own gas. 



  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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