It's been over a year since New Jersey banned Tesla from selling its cars in the state, but Governor Chris Christie has put pen to paper and signed a bill into law that will allow direct sales to consumers.
There was light at the end of the tunnel earlier this month when the state's Senate Commerce Committee voted 6-0 to legalize direct sales in New Jersey. It later passed the Senate before landing on Gov. Christie's desk.
"I said last year that if the Legislature changed the law, I would sign new legislation put on my desk and that is exactly what I'm doing today," Gov. Christie said in a statement regarding the Democrat-sponsored bill. "We're pleased that manufacturers like Tesla will now have the opportunity to establish direct sales operations for consumers in a manner lawfully in New Jersey."
The law isn't specifically for Tesla, but it only covers zero-emission vehicle manufacturers that have been approved by the state. The law also requires Tesla to open a service center, which it's done in Paramus.
Tesla kept both of its showrooms open during the drawn-out legal battle and plans to open two more soon. And it's already taking a victory lap.