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July 7, 2022
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  Executive Directors Message  










Unfortunately, President Biden made some very misleading comments to the press that I have been doing my best to clear up in the media. Last week, President Biden tweeted "My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril, bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you're paying for the product. And do it now." This tweet shows a lack of understanding of how gas prices are determined and who owns the gas stations (More than half the gas stations in the country are single-store operations run by an individual or a family, not corporations). Quite frankly, this is an embarrassing oversight for the Biden Administration in addition to an overstep of executive authority. It is part of my role here to defend our members when unfair accusations are made against them, especially when they are being villainized by the president. You can click any of the links below to view my defenses of gasoline retailers, and be on the lookout for an "In Case You Missed It" message from me which will recap all of our media appearances. 

Jesse Watters Primetime 7/6/22 *Skip to minute 10:13 for the beginning of the segment*: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-X81621AEQ

On Neil Cavuto: https://video.foxnews.com/v/6309209729112

On Newsmax Spicer & Co. 7/6/2022 *Skip to minute 33:35 for the beginning of the segment*: https://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/Spicer-and-Co/vid/1_k015hm1v

This will also be part of the theme of this quarter's On the Road newsletter, which will arrive in your mailboxes in the coming weeks. 


If you've been a weekly reader of our Road Warriors, we've been giving you updates on Right to Repair legislation since it passed 18 months ago in Massachusetts. As a reminder, this legislation would guarantee repair shops have access to telematics data. Auto manufacturers are suing to stop this data from being in the hands of repair facilities and motorists since voters in Massachusetts said they want this in their laws. We just found out the judge issued a sixth delay before they make final decision on the case. Whichever side loses the judgement will turn around and appeal right away anyway, so there probably won't be a definitive conclusion for some time.  This is important to us as NJGCA is planning to push for the same law but legislators are reluctant to consider passing it here until the courts have said that it is constitutional.


At long last, the Motor Vehicle Chief has officially stepped down as of July 1st. We have already reached out to her successor, Trish Littles-Floyd, to rebuild the relationship that we had years ago before Sue Fulton's leadership. Many of the executives and personnel in the front office at MVC have already left, so we will be dealing with all new people and trying to get started on the right foot. We are hoping to meet with her soon.  The telematics information required for professional repair shops as explained above for right to repair and the emissions inspection program are two things that are very important to our members that own repair shops.  


On July 5th the Governor signed into law a bill supported by NJGCA (A-4222 from Asm. Roy Freiman and Sen. Vin Gopal) making it easier to hire workers under the age of 18. Most immediately, it repeats the temporary expansion from last year which allows 16 and 17 years old to work up to 50 hours per week (and up to 10 hours per day, with up to six hours straight without a 30-minute break) during summer (between the final day of their individual school year and Labor Day). Before this change, 16 and 17-year-olds could only work up to 40 hours a week, only 8 hours a day, and only for 5 hours straight. This provision is now in effect. Effective next year is a more wholesale reform of how workers under 18 can be employed. No longer will these potential employees be required to get working papers from their school. Instead, there will be an online database managed by the Department of Labor that both minors and employers will register with. This should help expand the pool of potential gas attendants for the summer driving months. 


Thank you to everyone who contacted legislators regarding the unemployment insurance bill tax increase. Unfortunately, Governor Murphy pressured the Senate to pull the bill without even voting on it, despite the bill passing the Assembly unanimously. This means that the $300M payroll tax hike is in effect. You can expect your unemployment tax to increase at your next quarterly filing.


We were opposed to a mileage based user fee to collect funding for transportation years ago, though we may not be any longer. The issue is with cars coming out that rely on little to no gas, the gas tax will become an antiquated means of collecting revenue for the transportation trust fund. The more data that's collected, the more likely that some kind of a vehicle mile tax will be imposed on electric vehicles to ease the financial burden on the need for higher gas taxes to replenish the transportation trust fund. This is still in the study and gathering data phase. The bottom line: People that are driving EVs are getting away with not paying a tax towards the transportation trust fund. These people are not your customers.  Your customers are subsidizing their use of the roads by paying a higher gas tax.   Enacting a mileage based user fee will reduce the pressure for further increases to the gas tax in the coming years. We are encouraging you to participate in the study (either with personal or family vehicles) and you should also encourage customers, employees, and friends to sign up to collect this data. Participants who qualify can receive up to $100. Learn more about the incentive program at https://tetcoalitionmbuf.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/MBUF-Incentive-Program.pdf      

Be Well -  

Sal Risalvato
Executive Director



  Training Class Schedule  

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  


Swipe Fees Add to Inflation for Americans Celebrating July 4

Swipe fees will add hundreds of millions of dollars to the cost of everything from food to fireworks as Americans struggling amid rampant inflation celebrate Independence Day this year, according to the Merchants Payments Coalition, of which NACS is an executive committee member. "Consumers are eager to celebrate this Fourth of July, but credit card fees are adding to the cost of the holiday," MPC executive committee member and NACS General Counsel Doug Kantor said. "Swipe fees are a percentage of the transaction, so they go up whenever prices go up and are a multiplier effect for inflation. The fees can be the equivalent of another box of sparklers or package of hot dogs and are money that disappears up in smoke more than anything Americans shoot into the sky or put on the grill. That's a windfall for the card industry but less sparkle for consumers watching their wallets."


U.S. Should Stop Exporting Oil Until Gas Prices Go Down, Says Powerful N.J. Lawmaker

The U.S. should stop exporting oil until the supply of gasoline goes up and prices go down, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. said Thursday. Pallone, D-6th Dist., urged President Joe Biden to declare a national emergency and end exports for now. A 2015 law enacted by a Republican-controlled Congress allowed the U.S. to export oil for the first time. . . Under the law, the president can end oil exports by declaring a national emergency, or during sustained periods of high prices that threaten jobs at home, Pallone said. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Governor Murphy, lawmakers criticized for killing vote on bill to offset business tax hikes

Not among the flurry of bills passed during the Legislature's last scheduled day of voting before a summer recess was a measure that would have offset impending unemployment insurance tax hikes, and the bill's lack of movement has business leaders angry and one state senator pointing fingers at the governor. The bill would have provided tax credits to some employers to make up for what business owners say is a $300 million tax hike coming Friday. The tax hike is intended to replenish the state's unemployment fund, which pays for jobless claims and was left depleted after claims skyrocketed during the pandemic. But the measure was pulled on Wednesday from the Senate's agenda. The move led to sharp criticism from business groups. Christina M. Renna, president & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, said in a statement the Senate's failure to act will lead to "unfair tax increases on businesses that state government had the power to stop, but instead chose to turn a blind eye to."


High gas prices worth it for 'future of liberal world order,' White House economics adviser tells CNN

White House economic adviser Brian Deese suggested the pain at the pump was a price Americans had to pay for the "future of the liberal world order," in a CNN interview on Thursday. "CNN Newsroom" host Victor Blackwell played a clip of President Biden telling a reporter at Thursday's NATO Summit that Americans can continue to pay a premium for gas "as long as it takes" to win the war in Ukraine. Blackwell asked Deese how the White House would respond to Americans worried that they won't be able to survive paying close to or over $5 a gallon, potentially for "years" to come. . . Deese initially responded, "What you heard from the president today was a clear articulation of the stakes. This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stand firm." The comment caused a stir on social media.


It's Official: NJ Drivers Can Renew Licenses For Free
If you have a driver's license in New Jersey and it's up for renewal, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, sponsored legislation that has just been signed by Gov. Phil Murphy that will "waive the fee for renewal of your driver's license, motorcycle license, commercial driver's license or even for a non-driver ID card for a one year period. "Instead of having to pay a $24 fee to get their license renewed they'll pay nothing, and that applies to not just drivers licenses for cars but also motorcycles, commercial vehicles," said Moriarty. New Jerseyans with a driver's license that expires any time from October of this year until the end of September 2023 won't pay a renewal fee. He said this is part of a larger effort to finds ways to help people out in New Jersey at a time when inflation continues to spike higher.


Biden Blasted Over 'Do It Now' Demand On Privately Owned Gas Stations: 'It's YOUR Fault'

Democrat President Joe Biden was slammed Saturday afternoon on social media after he tried to blame high gas prices on gas stations and demanded that they immediately lower the prices that they are charging at the pump. Biden's absurd claim comes after NBC News reported earlier this year that gas stations make "15 cents a gallon on average, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores." "My message to the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump is simple: this is a time of war and global peril," Biden tweeted. "Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you're paying for the product. And do it now." . . . Biden's claim generated backlash and mockery online from a wide range of top business and political leaders.


How A Controversial Shipping Law Is Swaying The Price Of Gas

One part of the cost of oil involves its transportation. Fuel moves around the U.S. via rail, pipelines and ships such as tankers and barges. Ships that operate from American port to American port must follow the Jones Act, meaning they're built in the U.S. and owned, operated and crewed by Americans.  These ships are costly. The average U.S.-flagged ship costs around $20,000 a day to operate, compared to $7,400 for a foreign-flagged ship, according to a 2011 Department of Transportation study. These ships are also more expensive to build - six to eight times pricier than a foreign vessel, according to a 2017 Congressional Research Service report. Despite these costs, it doesn't appear waiving the Jones Act would really do much to address the cost of gas in the short term. However, waiving it in combination with limiting exports could help drive down the cost. Here's why. 


NJ To Lower Electric Vehicle Incentive, Wants To Spread $35M Among More Buyers

As New Jersey's electric vehicle incentive plan enters its next phase, the state's Board of Public Utilities wants a little more mileage out of its money. The state board's Charge Up program plans to reduce its maximum incentive for the 2023 fiscal year to $4,000 in an effort to "allow the existing funding to go further and provide more incentives for EVs in New Jersey," BPU records show. Most recently, the program provided residents up to $5,000 off the purchase or lease of new, eligible zero-emission vehicles, including battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric models retailing for less than $55,000.


There's One NJ Costco Gas Station NOT Asking For Proof Of Membership
Starting Tuesday, Costco gas stations across the Garden State began requiring that all purchasers be active Costco members. But at one New Jersey location, and only one, anybody from anywhere is still eligible to purchase gasoline: 100 Centerton Road in Mount Laurel. In fact, if the station starts asking motorists for proof of membership, the township could take the company to court. "We reached out to them on Friday and put them on notice again, and said we know this is starting next week across the state, but it will not happen in Mount Laurel," George Morris, township solicitor, told New Jersey 101.5. The exemption stems from the fact that gas pumps were not originally part of the site's plans and construction. It wasn't until the wholesale club was up and running that Costco came to the township and indicated that it would like to add a gas station.


Dozens Of Catalytic Converters Stolen From Parked Trucks In Lakewood, NJ
Thieves stole dozens of catalytic converters from trucks parked at an industrial park during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The trucks were parked at the Lakewood Industrial Park early Monday when catalytic converters were missing from 40 to 60 trucks, law enforcement told The Lakewood Scoop. Video captured one person coming out from under a truck in the parking lot around 3 a.m., according to the timestamp.


Teens In N.J. Will Now Be Able To Work Longer Hours As Murphy Signs Law

Some teenagers are now permitted to work longer hours during the busy summer months in New Jersey under a bipartisan bill Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law Tuesday as employers in the state continue to face staffing issues. The law (A422) allows 16- and 17-year-olds to work up to 50 hours a week and up to 10 hours a day during the summer months in the Garden State. It makes permanent a 2021 expansion of working hours in the state. The measure also clarifies the hours of the day that 14- and 15-year-olds, who can work up to 40 hours a week during the summer, are permitted to work.


Biden's Shameful Gas-Station Attack

For Joe Biden, the buck stops with small independent business owners trying to make ends meet. Over the holiday weekend, the president slammed gas stations for the purported sin of not passing along declining oil prices to motorists. Biden took to Twitter to urge "the companies running gas stations and setting prices at the pump" to heed his message: "Bring down the price you are charging at the pump to reflect the cost you're paying for the product." . . .The United States Oil and Gas Association mockingly recommended that the intern who posted the tweet should sign up for Econ 101, but it's worse than that. Biden has hit the gas stations before on the same grounds. It's hard to know where the economic illiteracy ends and the shameless demagoguery begins. Regardless, it's another indication that the president's approach to inflation is to cast about for scapegoats and villains, no matter how implausible.


Crude Oil Prices Plummet, Now Under $100

The national average for a gallon of gasoline is $4.80, down eight cents over the past week, according to AAA. "Domestic gasoline demand dipped recently, which took some of the pressure off pump prices. About 80% of stations are now selling regular for under $5 a gallon," said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. "But July is typically the heaviest month for demand as more Americans hit the road, so this trend of easing prices could be short-lived." Yesterday, the benchmark U.S. oil price closed below $100 a barrel at $99.50-marking the first time it's closed below $100 since early May. It's also the largest one-day percentage decline since April, reports the Wall Street Journal.


FDA Suspends Ban on JUUL Products

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is suspending its ban on JUUL vaping products while the company appeals the agency's decision, reports the Wall Street Journal. "On July 5, 2022, FDA administratively stayed the marketing denial order. The agency has determined that there are scientific issues unique to the Juul application that warrant additional review. This administrative stay temporarily suspends the marketing denial order during the additional review but does not rescind it. All electronic nicotine delivery systems, or ENDS products, including those made by Juul, are required by law to have FDA authorization to be legally marketed. The stay and the agency's review does not constitute authorization to market, sell, or ship JUUL products," the FDA said via Twitter.



  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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