(TRENTON)-New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Wednesday:
“When it comes to Tesla, Governor Christie needs to get his facts straight. Rather than take responsibility for his own administration’s decision to shut down Tesla, he chose to point fingers and evade accountability. These town hall antics reek of hypocrisy.
“The governor’s comments are a classic example of passing the buck in the face of an unpopular decision instead of accepting responsibility.
“Here are the facts: the Motor Vehicle Commission previously issued Tesla a license to sell cars in New Jersey. Now, MVC is changing their rules so that Tesla will no longer be allowed to operate in New Jersey. This was not an act of the legislature, but rather Governor Christie’s administration changing its mind about Tesla.
“Instead of taking responsibility for his administration, Governor Christie instead chose to manufacture a crisis and blame the legislature. Nevertheless, given the importance of this issue, I will work with my colleagues in the legislature to clean up the governor’s mess.
“The policy priorities of encouraging innovation, promoting environmental protection, and accommodating consumer concerns are of paramount importance. I have met with both sides of this issue, and I look forward to working collaboratively to find a solution, rather than finger-pointing in an effort to score political points.”