Why can’t we pump our own gas into New Jersey?

Don’t you think it’s time we took care of our own pumps at the station?

A few months ago, a bill was proposed to allow New Jersey residents to pump their own gasoline. It was met with much criticism and ultimately did not pass.

I understand the hesitation behind introducing self-service to the Garden State. With anything new, comes fear.

Having gas station attendants creates more jobs, which helps the economy. And on a less serious note, it’s nice not having to leave your car during New Jersey’s harsh winters and humid summers.

To put it bluntly, I really think we got this one wrong, New Jersey.

Photo by Dawn McDonald on Unsplash

Photo by Dawn McDonald on Unsplash

I’ve lived in a few states where I’ve had to pump my own gas, and it’s really not as bad as it sounds. I actually prefer having my own control than being able to leave once I’m done instead of waiting for a busy attendant to finish with other customers.

If the bill were passed, gas stations could have had both full-service and self-serve options. It was shocking to see that people still objected to it even though it seemed to make everyone happy.

The most confusing thing about New Jersey opposing self-service gas is how much money it could have saved us. Gas prices are at record highs right now. So many people complain about the prices. Why turn down something that could have potentially brought us financial relief?

If ever the bill comes back on the table, I really think we should reconsider.

How much did gas cost the year you started driving? Hint: probably cheaper than it is now.

To learn more about how gas prices have changed over the years, Stacker calculated the cost of a gallon of gas for each of the last 84 years. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics data (published April 2020), we analyzed the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline from 1976 to 2020 as well as the consumer price index (CPI) for regular unleaded gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover how much a gallon cost when you first started driving.

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