New Jersey is one of the few states to have reversed itself on this front. Last March, Christie banned the sale of Teslas to New Jersey residents without going through franchise dealerships. But Christie left open the possibility of changing his mind if the state legislature voted to permit direct sales.
"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," said Christie in a statement Wednesday.
We've written before about why Tesla doesn't just work with the dealerships — it has a lot to do with Musk wanting to maintain control of his brand. But that's made it difficult for Tesla to expand its sales in many states. Arizona, among others, also prohibits Tesla from selling its cars to consumers.
"We are proud to tell New Jersey that we are open for business," said Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla's vice president of corporate business development.