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August 3, 2022
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  Executive Directors Message  




You may remember that several years ago NJGCA pushed for legislation that would have injected competition into the credit card fee marketplace. We were teaming up with our friends at FMANJ and we encountered significant resistance from the big banks. Today an effort is being made to pass similar legislation on a federal level in Washington DC. In fact, the same attorney that was assisting NJGCA is now heading up the effort to have this legislation passed on a federal level. It will receive significant opposition from the big banks and the credit card companies themselves, however, the economic climate today and the anger that many legislators see because credit card fees have made the issue very visible as more and more businesses are adding the fees to the credit card purchase. Many of you are doing the same and as long as the customers are being notified prior to the sale, then you are not breaking the law. However, with more customers observing these high credit card fees, legislators are becoming more open to having the banks compete the same as you do for your customers business. We will keep you updated as this effort moves along. 


The gasoline marketplace continues to be a rollercoaster. The difficulty in managing the price at your pump is harder when the price drops fifteen cents one day and goes back up fifteen cents a day or two later. This is resulting in great variations in street prices and confuses motorists. The significant price decrease in the past month is a result of motorists reacting to very high prices and changing their driving habits. Gasoline demand was reduced significantly. However, there are signs that it is ticking upwards again, which will put upward pressure on the price. Right now, analysts differ in their predictions about which direction the price is heading.  

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  


How C-Store Retailers Can Define Their Value

High gas prices and decades-high inflation have been forcing consumers to change their lifestyle habits, including driving less, and convenience-store retailers must decide how they are going to define their value during these economic times, according to this week's NACS Convenience Matters podcast episode.


Car Insurance Could Cost More In NJ. Two Lawmakers Pushing Hike May Benefit, Experts Say

Two state senators − both personal injury attorneys − are pushing a bill that would raise the minimum requirement for automotive liability insurance and could lead to an increase in the cost of those premiums for drivers. Senate President Nicholas Scutari, D-Union, and Sen. Jon Bramnick, R-Union, claim the change would ultimately benefit motorists. But insurance experts - and even their colleagues in the Legislature - say the pair stand to gain financially from the insurance overhaul if Gov. Phil Murphy signs their legislation into law.


Feeling Lucky? Friday's Mega Millions Jackpot Swells To $1.28B (Updated)

When the Mega Millions drawing takes place July 29, the $1.28 billion jackpot will be the second-largest in U.S. lottery history. Sal Risalvato, executive director, New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store, Automotive Association, said the buzz created by the Mega Millions jackpot is not only exciting, but also leads to an economic boost for his members. "Anytime a jackpot reaches dream-worthy levels, there is excitement among the entire population," Risalvato told NJBIZ. "My members enjoy the excitement, and certainly they enjoy the extra traffic entering stores to buy lottery tickets. It is not a coincidence that more customers entering their stores to buy lottery also buy more coffee and other food items." Risalvato said his members are loving the enthusiastic conversations with their customers and building the camaraderie around the shared lottery dreams. "They are all rooting for one of their customers to buy the winning ticket because they also receive a significant prize for selling the winning ticket," said Risalvato.


Two NJ Gas Stations Robbed Within 15 Minutes Of Each Other
Two separate gas station robberies 15 minutes apart in Hanover and West Orange Thursday afternoon appear to be connected to at least two other North Jersey gas station robberies. Hanover police told RLS Breaking News the Shell station on the westbound side of Route 10 near Reynolds Avenue was held up at gunpoint around 4:15 p.m.  Following the robbery, the suspects were seen speeding eastbound on Route 10. Hanover police on Friday morning did not respond to New Jersey 101.5's request for more information


FDA Menthol Ban Comment Period Closes Tomorrow

Tuesday is the last day for convenience retailers to submit comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the agency's two proposed tobacco product standards that would prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all flavors other than tobacco in cigars. The FDA is accepting comments until tomorrow at 11:59 p.m. NACS is asking members to file comments on the proposed rules. It's imperative that the FDA hears from convenience retailers, as NACS cannot replicate the personal testimony convenience retailers can provide with their comment letters. The convenience industry invests millions in compliance efforts to ensure that legal, regulated tobacco products do not get into the hands of minors. These protections and investments will be lost if the proposed bans go into effect.


U.S. Gasoline Prices Continue To Slide Toward $4

The national average for a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell again on Monday to $4.212, according to AAA data. U.S. gasoline prices are down 14.3 cents from last week, and 63 cents from a month ago when gasoline was trading at $4.842. A year ago, gasoline prices were just $3.173 per gallon-meaning that while gasoline prices have come down substantially in recent weeks, the average is still $1.039 more than what it was a year ago.


NJ Gas Prices Could Rise Again After Weeks Of Falling

After weeks of historically high gas prices gradually falling, costs at the pump may rise soon, according to experts. New Jersey hit a record average of $5.06 per regular gallon June 13, but the average price dropped to $4.38 as of Tuesday, according to AAA. Low domestic demand for fuel and oil prices in the mid-$90s per barrel contributed to price reductions, according to experts. But that trend could end soon - before the Garden State's average can even drop below the $4 per gallon mark.


NACS Says Menthol Ban Would Create Illicit Market

NACS submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the agency's two proposed tobacco product standards, which would prohibit menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and prohibit all flavors other than tobacco in cigars. "NACS believes that adopting these regulations that ban two of the most popular tobacco products in the U.S. will push a portion of current smokers to the illicit market and severely injure the convenience store industry," wrote NACS in its comments. "These bans seek to prohibit the use of two of the most popular tobacco products among adult users, and it is unrealistic to assume that demand for these products will just disappear. Instead, an illicit market for these products will emerge, creating a larger problem within tobacco regulation than the FDA hopes to solve by instituting these bans."



  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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