Chris Christie boils self-serve gas down to 'gender issue’
A a recent town hall meeting in Bordentown, New Jersey where Gov. Chris Christie promoted a funding plan, a sensitive subject near and dear to the state’s residents arose.
Ah, self-serve gas. New Jersey is the last state in the entire nation to make it illegal for residents to pump their own fuel into their own vehicles after Oregon lifted its ban on a 64-year-old tradition last year.
Christie said the only reason the state keeps the rule is because New Jerseyans want it to stick around, NJ.com reported.
And, it’s mostly women who prefer for someone else to do the work for them, he said.
“This is an incredible gender issue,” Christie said at the meeting and NJ.com reported. “We polled this over and over. The last poll we did on this question, 78 percent of New Jersey women said they were opposed to self-serve gas. 78 percent! You can’t find 78 percent of people in New Jersey who agree on anything!”
I first encountered self serve gas pumps back in the 70’s and I believe the thought behind that was to save man power. Presently I know of only one station in this area that offers to pump your gas but it is one day only during the week.
So do people have problems pumping gas? Stations nowadays usually have a canopy over pumps. To have full time attedants to pump gas will increase the price at the pump. Originally when stations went to self serve they had someone in an enclosure to prevent crime and through the years many stations evolved into mini-marts.