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Texting and walking? Not in New Jersey, according to proposed law
Texting and walking? Not in New Jersey, according to proposed law

Over the past several years, we've spilled a fair amount of virtual ink on the subject of distracted driving and its effect on the nation's traffic fatality rate. What we haven't discussed very often is the subject of distracted walking, which many blame for an uptick in pedestrian fatalities. But...Read More»

2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
Volkswagen Dieselgate Update: New Jersey Sues For Damages, Earnings Report Delayed Indefinitely

During times of trouble and strife, we're often told that things will get worse before they get better. In the case of Volkswagen's ongoing Dieselgate fiasco, though, things just seem to keep rocketing downhill with little sign of slowing down, much less reversing course. The latest "clean diesel"...Read More»

Chris Christie speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, DC. (photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia)
Tesla Returns To New Jersey: Will This Give Chris Christie's Presidential Campaign A Push?

Tesla Motors' battle for acceptance has finally come to an end -- at least in New Jersey. According to Detroit News, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill yesterday that will allow the start-up to sell its all-electric vehicles directly to consumers from up to four locations. But the outlook for...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Gains Ground In The Garden State: New Jersey Pols Support Direct Sales

In Hollywood, celebrities often burst onto the scene, becoming household names overnight. In most industries, though, the road to world domination is strewn with potholes and speed bumps. Tesla Motors' CEO Elon Musk knows that as well as anyone. However, Auto News reports that Tesla may soon...Read More»

The Jetsons Car
Transportation 2030: Study Envisions Autonomous Car Hell, Autonomous Bus Heaven, No Flying Cars

Look out the window. Are the roads in your city/town/hamlet clogged with traffic? Have they been that way for the past several decades? Do you wonder if things ever get better? New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management knows the answers to the first two questions...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
New Jersey Dealers Pay $1.8 Million To Settle Consumer Complaints About Deceptive Practices

When it comes to honesty and ethics, car dealers don't score well with consumers. On a scale of one to 100, American recently rated dealers a nine, just above members of Congress (eight) and lobbyists (six). ALSO SEE: Dubious Distinction: California Car Thief Is First Person To Die While Driving A...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Poised For Triumph In New Jersey, Could Relaunch Sales Next Month

In the not-too-distant future, someone is going to make a documentary about electric automaker Tesla. It'll be weightier than the one National Geographic put together, and hopefully, it'll be long enough to cover the many twists and turns along the company's road to success -- including one that...Read More»

Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Musk vs. Christie: Tesla Sues New Jersey For The Right To Sell Cars

General Motors isn't the only car company that's spending its Thursday in court: According to NJ.com, Tesla is getting in on the fun, too, filing suit in the hopes that it can continue selling vehicles in New Jersey. To recap: last month, in a 6-0 vote, New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission adopted...Read More»

Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]
Christie Allows New Jersey Agency To Block Tesla Store Sales

Just as New Jersey governor Chris Christie is struggling to distance himself from one scandal, he’s becoming embroiled in another polarizing controversy—by expediting a rule proposal that would effectively block electric-car maker Tesla Motors’ direct-sales model in the state. The...Read More»

R2-D2 at the 2012 Phoenix Comicon (photo by Gage Skidmore)
The Robots Are Coming (To Pump Your Gas)

Much of Planet Earth is about to experience a major workforce shift. In the coming decades, entire categories of jobs will be eliminated thanks to automation. Coffee baristas, for example, are already being replaced by machines, and their close kin, waiters, aren't far behind. The same is likely...Read More»

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Would You Rather Buy A Car On Sunday Or Simply Shop In Peace?

Like many other states, New Jersey is a study in contrasts. It's the birthplace of the working man's hero, Bruce Springsteen, and the appallingly self-entitled cast of Jersey Shore. It's home to some of America's finest educational institutions and the glittery, mindless joys of Atlantic City. It's...Read More»

Texting while driving
New Jersey Judges Rule That Yes, You Can Be Sued For Texting A Driver

Last year, we asked the question, "If you send a text to a driver, can you go to jail if he crashes?" Most folks responded, "No" -- sometimes, "No #*$&% way!" But judges in New Jersey apparently have a different opinion. DON'T MISS: Man Texts 'I Need To Quit Texting' Before Driving Off Bridge...Read More»

State-by-state ranking of car repair costs for 2012, from CarMD
New Jersey, D.C., California Drivers Pay Big Bucks For Car Repair (Infographic)

No driver likes to see the "check engine" light pop on. Sometimes, it illuminates for a minor reason, like a loose gas cap. Other times, the problem is much more serious. Unless you have a diagnostic machine at your beck and call (or a tricked-out smartphone in your pocket), you won't know what's...Read More»

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New Jersey Bill Would Let Police Confiscate Your Cell Phone

When we see those flashing lights, most of us know what to do: time to pull over and dig out our registration and proof of insurance from the glove box. But in New Jersey, police officers could soon be allowed to ask for a driver's cell phone, too. A bill proposed by state Senator James Holzapfel...Read More»

Long gas lines in Summit NJ in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Should Gas Stations Have Backup Power For Pumps? Some Say No

In the areas of the U.S. affected by Hurricane Sandy, lines for gasoline have been long. The problem isn't really one of supply; rather, it seems to be one of electricity. After all, if there's no power, there's no way to run the pumps. Several elected officials have proposed a legislative solution...Read More»

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New Jersey Is Nothing To Smile About (On Your Driver's License)

New Jersey residents have many reasons to be happy: The state has more diners than any place on the planet. Despite the oft-reported heft of its governor, New Jersey remains one of the skinniest states in the union. And of course, Jersey Shore has finally been cancelled. But if you live in New...Read More»

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If You Send A Text To A Driver, Can You Go To Jail If He Crashes? (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below Today, most states have laws that limit the use of cell phones while driving. In 38 states, it's illegal to text and drive, and in 31, there are laws about making and taking calls behind the wheel. And yet, distracted driving remains a major problem: in 2010, it accounted for...Read More»

Angry Driver with Road Rage
Don't Get Mad, Don't Get Even: New Jersey Outlaws Road Rage

On Friday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that stiffens penalties for drivers convicted of road rage. The law is known as "Jessica Rogers' Law" (PDF), named for a young woman who was paralyzed in 2005 when the car in which she was riding hit a telephone pole. The driver...Read More»

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