New Jersey refuses to let Tesla sell its cars directly to consumers. This fight’s been going on for decades, around the country, and auto manufacturers have lost every battle, so far as I’m aware. Most recently Porsche tried to set up its own dealerships because customers were so dissatisfied with the service provided by existing dealers – stopped dead in its tracks.
I’ve never seen an explanation for the clout dealers hold over their local politicians but I assume that (a) they have a lot of money to toss around and (b) they’re all active in the fat boy clubs, such as Rotary and Lions and Royal Order of the Water Buffalos (Lodge 26).
Whatever the cause, the interest of consumers has no place in the discussion.