NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- More than 75 gas stations throughout New Jersey are lowering their prices on Friday as part of an effort to demonstrate how allowing self-serve gasoline could help curb inflation.
New Jersey is the only state in the nation that does not allow drivers to pump their own gas, a point of pride for many throughout the Garden State.
That may come to an end, however, with a new proposal to allow self-service as an option as gas prices surge due to inflation and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
The New Jersey Legislature introduced A3105, dubbed the Motorist Fueling Choice and Convenience Act, in February.
The bipartisan measure would allow residents the option to pump their own gas or continue with full-serve from an attendant.
Fuel Your Way NJ announced Friday's "Self-Serve Day of Awareness" as part of campaign to "educate the public about how much they could potentially save if the Motorist Fueling Choice and Convenience Act were enacted."
"With the cost of gas prices continuing to rise, it's taking a bigger and bigger bite out of people's wallets," said Sal Risalvato, of Fuel Your Way NJ. "We want the public to know that one of the quickest ways we can reduce gas prices is to allow gas stations the ability to offer self-serve in New Jersey."
Motorists who pull into participating gas stations will also be handed a facsimile of a $100 bill during the next several weeks with the message that they could save $100 to $400 per year if the state allowed self-serve.
They will also be encouraged to contact their representatives demanding passage of the legislation.
Risalvato said gas stations are having difficulty hiring staff to fully man all their pumps, and businesses will also display a sign next to pumps that have been closed with the message: "This pump would be open if New Jersey allowed self-serve fueling."
"The legislation gives motorists a choice of self-serve while they can continue to receive full-serve, which is exactly what New Jerseyans say they want," Risalvato said. "But the legislature won't pass this bill unless they hear from constituents. If you support self-serve choice, speak up. Contact your legislators and let them know."
The following gas stations are participating:
Bergen CountyExxon, 142 Chestnut Ridge Rd, MontvaleNorth Arlington Gulf, 101 Ridge Rd, North ArlingtonExxon, 782 Route 17, ParamusValero, 639 Rte 17 N, ParamusExxon, 100 Rt 17 North, ParamusSunoco, 456 Rte 17 N, RamseyExxon, 700 Washington Ave, Washington Twp
Camden CountyBerlin P66, White Horse Pike, BerlinAmoco, 2 Marlton Pike West, Cherry HillWest Berlin Delta, 250 NJ 73, West BerlinCape Harbor Auto Repair, 795 Route 109 Apt 109, Cape May
Essex CountyLivingston Sunoco, 247 S. Livingston Ave, Livingston264 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair625 McCarter Hwy, Newark335 McCarter Hwy, NewarkExxon, 550 Eagle Rock Ave, RoselandSouth Orange Exxon, 68 W South Orange Ave, South Orange
Gloucester CountyGlassboro Delta, 100 Delsea Drive, Glassboro
Hudson County:Bayonne Tiger Mart, 529 Kennedy Blvd, BayonneWillow Sunoco, 1301 Willow Ave, HobokenLukoil, 200 12th St, Jersey CityShell, 164 14th Street, Jersey CityGold Coast Petro Sunoco, 588 Manila Ave, Jersey CityNewport Exxon, 245 12th Street, Jersey City235 12th Street, Jersey CitySunoco, 465 Grand Street, Jersey CityExxon, 450 Rte 3 West, Secaucus3842 Park Ave, WeehawkenNewport ValeroExxon Holland Tunnel Svc Ctr Inc.
Hunterdon CountyCalifon Exxon, 429 County Road 513, CalifonHampton BP, 238 Rte 31 N, HamptonLebanon Rt 22 Sunoco, 1370 US-22 West, LebanonLebanon Sunoco, 1237 RTE 31, LebanonLebanon BP, 1201 Rt. 31 South, LebanonLiberty Mart, 118 Rt 202/31N, Ringoes
Mercer County2558 Pennington Rd, Pennington1 Pennington Rd, Pennington3513 Route 1 South, Princeton
Middlesex CountyExxon, 270 W Inman Ave, ColoniaEast Brunswick Sunoco, 784 RTE 18, East BrunswickUltra Mart Inc., 3875 Park Ave, EdisonExxon, 1441 US Rte 1 South, EdisonExxon, GSP, North ColoniaBP, 2401 US 9 North, Old Bridge152 Old New Brunswick Rd, PiscatawayExxon, GSP, South IselinZackria Fuel, LLC, 4501 Stelton Rd, South PlainfieldSouth River BP, 258 Old Bridge Tpke, South River
Monmouth CountyAberdeen Exxon, 1164 State Rt. 34, AberdeenBP, 44 South Street, FreeholdHazlet Shell, 1355 Route 36, HazletMatawan Sunoco, 323 RTE 34, MatawanMiddletown BP, 863 Hwy 35, MiddletownMonmouth Road BP, 373 Monmouth Rd, West Long Branch
Morris CountyDenville-RT46, 161 W Main St, DenvilleLong Valley P66, 43 E Mill Rd., Long ValleyPeapack Sunoco, 28 US Highway 206, PeapackRandolph BP, 260 S Salem Street, RandolphWhippany Lukoil, 1235 NJ-10, Whippany
Ocean CountyExxon, 600 Brick Blvd, BrickExxon, 181 Drum Point Road, BrickExxon, 1444 Highway 88, LakewoodKelly's Sea Bay Sunoco, Route 35 North, LavalletteShell, 1350 Route 9 South, Toms RiverExxon, 13 Route 37 East, Toms River
Passaic CountyExxon, 478 Haldon Ave, HaledonExxon, 716 Goffle Road, HawthorneExxon, 1431 Route 23 South, Wayne
Somerset CountySomerset Hills Exxon, 545 Martinsville Rd, Basking Ridge1101 Easton Ave, Somerset
Union CountyExxon, 162 Central Ave, Clark
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