Bill to limit sale of gas on toll roads to N.J.-based companies advances

TRENTON – Gas sold on New Jersey’s toll roads will have to come from a supplier that operates a refinery in the Garden State, under a bill from Sen. Stephen Sweeney, (D-3), West Deptford, which was released by a 3-2 vote from the Senate Transportation Committee this morning.

The bill (S1821) prohibits the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the South Jersey Transportation Authority from entering into a contract with a retail dealer, distributor, refiner, or supplier of motor fuel for the right to sell gas on New Jersey toll roads unless the supplier operates a refinery in New Jersey.

Senators Nicholas Sacco, (D-32), North Bergen; Robert Gordon, (D-38), Fair Lawn; and Donald Norcross, (D-5), Camden, voted to release the bill.

Senators James Holzapfel, (R-10), Toms River, and Joseph Pennacchio, (R-26), Montville, voted against releasing the bill.

Pennacchio said he was against the bill because it is “not consumer friendly” and would be “restricting the market.”

Norcross supported the bill, saying it “puts New Jersey first.”

“It’s a great idea to be encouraging products from New Jersey being used in New Jersey,” Norcross said.

Sunoco submitted written testimony in opposition to the bill, but representatives did not testify at the hearing.

Bill to limit sale of gas on toll roads to N.J.-based companies advances