Cherry Hill, NJ (CBS) – More than 75 gas stations across New Jersey are slashing fuel prices Friday in an effort to promote self-service. It’s all part ofFuel Your Way New JerseyThat supports the Motorists’ Fuel Choice and Comfort Act that would allow New Jersey residents the option to pump their own gas if they so desired.
Supporters of the legislation say drivers could save anywhere from $100 to $400 a year if the state allows self-catering.
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“With gas prices continuing to rise, it’s taking a bigger and bigger share of people’s wallets,” said Sal Risalvato of Fuel Your Way, New Jersey. “We want the public to know that one of the fastest ways we can lower gas prices is to allow gas stations the ability to provide self-service in New Jersey.”
Risalvato adds that gas stations are having a hard time hiring staff to fully operate all of their pumps. As a result, motorists often get annoyed when they have to wait in long lines for the few open pumps.
This is a huge debate in New Jersey. Most surveys show that people don’t have to pump the gas themselves, but one group wants you to reconsider.
Some say a little taste of luxury in New Jersey – sitting in your car and waiting while the gas makes its way into your tank.
I pumped it myself but I’d prefer not to. I guess I’m spoiled, I’m a jersey girl. What is that, your gas pump? ‘ said Myriam Lalwani in Cherry Hill.
On Friday, the New Jersey Gasoline, Sea-Store, Automobile Association is conducting a trial, so to speak. Seventy-seven gas stations will cut their prices to show how much people can save if they pump their own gas.
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“They will lower the price at their pumps by the amount they think they will be able to discount gasoline from every day,” Risalvato said.
Risalvato leads this. He says legislation to make it illegal to pump gas yourself costs people 10 to 15 cents an extra gallon. He responded to officials who doubt that the savings will be spent.
“It’s impossible not to pass on the savings because of the competition,” Risalvato said.
“That’s cool. I mean, everywhere else in the country I know about you can do your gas. You don’t just save money, you save time because you don’t have to wait for an attendant,” Tom Ochter said.
Risalvato does not expect people to lose their jobs because they have already seen a shortage of gas workers.
Jan Carabeo and Jasmine Payoute of CBS3 contributed to this report.
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The following gas stations are participating in the campaign:
- Exxon 142 Chestnut Ridge Road Montville Bergen
- North Arlington Bay 101 Ridge Road North Arlington Bergen
- Exxon 782 Route 17 Paramus Bergen
- Valero 639 RTE 17N, Paramus Paramus Bergen
- Exxon 100 RT 17 North Paramus Bergen
- Sunoco 456 Rte 17 N, Ramsey Ramsey Bergen
- Exxon 700 Washington Ave Washington Twp Bergen
- BERLIN P66 201 WHITE HORSE PIKE BERLIN Camden
- Amoco 2 Marlton Pike West Cherry Hill Camden
- West Berlin Delta 250 NJ 73 West Berlin Camden
- Cape Harbor Auto Repair 795 Route 109 Flat 109 Cape May Cape May
- Livingston Sonoco 247S Livingston Ave Livingston Essex
- 264 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, Essex
- 625 McCarter Hwy Newark Essex
- 335 McCarter Hwy Newark Essex
- Exxon 550 Eagle Rock Ave., Rosland, Essex
- South Orange Exxon 68W South Orange Avenue South Orange Essex
- GLASSBORO DELTA 100 DELSEA DRIVE GLASSBORO DELTA 100
- Bayonne Tiger Mart 529 Kennedy Blvd Bayonne Hudson
- Sonoko Willow 1301 Hoboken Hudson Ave Willow
- Lukoil 200 12th St Jersey City Hudson
- Shell 164 14th Street Jersey City Hudson
- Gold Coast Petro Sunoco 588 Manila Ave Jersey City Hudson
- Newport Exxon 245 12th Street Jersey City Hudson
- 235 12th Street Jersey City Hudson
- Sanoco 465 Grand Street Jersey City Hudson
- Exxon 450 Rte 3 West Secaucus Hudson
- 3842 Park Ave Weehawken Hudson
- Newport Valero Hudson
- Exxon Holland Tunnel Svc Ctr Inc. Hudson
- California Exxon 429 County Road 513 California Huntron
- Hampton BB 238 RTE 31 N Hampton Hunterdon
- Lebanon RT 22 SUNOCO 1370 us-22 West Lebanon Hunterdon
- Lebanon Sonoco 1237 RTE 31 Lebanon Hunterdon
- Lebanon BP 1201 Rt. 31 South Lebanon Huntron
- Liberty Mart 118 Rt 202 / 31N Ringoes Hunterdon
- 2558 Bennington Mercer Rd
- 1 Bennington Mercer Rd
- 3513 Route 1 South Princeton Mercer
- Exxon 270 W Inman Ave Cologne Middlesex
- East Brunswick Sonoco 784 RTE 18E Brunswick Middlesex
- Ultra Mart 3875 Park Ave Edison Middlesex
- Exxon 1441 US Rte 1 South Edison Middlesex
- Exxon GSB North Cologne Middlesex
- BP 2401 US 9 North Old Bridge Middlesex
- 152 Old New Brunswick Piscataway Rd Middlesex
- Exxon GSP South Iselin Middlesex
- Zackria Fuel, LLC 4501 Stelton Rd South Plainfield Middlesex
- South River BP 258 Old Bridge Tpke South River Middlesex
- Aberdeen Exxon 1164 State RT 34 Aberdeen Monmouth
- BB44 South Street Freehold Monmouth
- Hazlet Shell 1355 Route 36 Hazlet Monmouth
- Matuan Sonoco 323 RTE 34 Matuan Monmouth
- Middleton BB 863 Hwy 35 Middletown Monmouth
- Monmouth Rd BP 373 Monmouth Rd West Long Branch Monmouth
- DENVILLE-RT46 161 W MAIN ST DENVILLE Morris
- LONG VALLEY P66 43 E MILL RD LONG VALLEY MAURICE
- PEAPACK Sonoco 28 US Highway 206 PEAPACK Morris
- Randolph BP 260 s Salem Street Randolph Morris
- WHIPPANY LUKEOIL 1235 NJ-10 Whippany Morris
- Exxon 600 Break Boulevard Break Ocean
- Exxon 181 Drum Point Road Break Ocean
- Exxon 1444 Highway 88 Lakewood Ocean
- Kelly’s Sea Bay Sunoco Route 35 North Lavallette Ocean
- Shell 1350 Route 9 South of the Ocean Toms River
- Exxon 13 Route 37 East circumference of the Toms River
- Exxon 478 Haldon Avenue Haldon Basic
- Exxon 716 Govel Road Hawthorne Basic
- Exxon 1431 Route 23 South Wayne Passaic
- Somerset Hills Exxon 545 Martinsville Road Sunbathing Somerset Ridge
- 7-Eleven – Payal Ent 650 Franklin Blvd Somerset Somerset
- 1101 Easton Ave., Somerset, Somerset
- Exxon 162 Central Ave Clark Union
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