I've read conflicting reports online so I'm hoping someone can clear up my confusion.
This appears to be an item in the current news. From the Courier-Post about a month ago:
TRENTON — New Jersey lawmakers are reigniting a debate about self-service gas just in time for drivers to fuel up as they return from their Memorial Day weekends.
New Jersey and Oregon are the only two states in the country that ban drivers from pumping their own gas and instead require station attendants to do it.
Last week lawmakers restarted the debate over self-serve gas, and while a key lawmaker in the Democrat-led Legislature put the brakes on any new legislation, the debate will continue behind the scenes, lawmakers say.
So, while it continues to be illegal for customers to pump their own gas in New Jersey at this time, that may be set to change at some point in the future, if the state legislature decides to do so.
The Retail Gasoline Dispensing Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 34:3A-4 et seq.) and Regulations (N.J.A.C. 12:196) mandates that no person dispense fuel at a gasoline station, unless that person is an attendant who has received fuel dispensing instructions. The Retail Gasoline Dispensing Safety Act also ensures compliance with appropriate safety procedures, the prohibition of the self service of gasoline and other inflammable liquids, and the installation of safety signs and equipment to enhance safety at retail gasoline stations.
- 34:3A-6. Dispensing of fuel; regulations
It shall be unlawful for any attendant to:
a. Dispense fuel into the tank of a motor vehicle while the vehicle's engine is in operation;
b. Dispense fuel into any portable container not in compliance with regulations adopted pursuant to section 8 of this act;
c. Dispense fuel while smoking; or
d. Permit any person who is not an attendant to dispense fuel into the tank of a motor vehicle or any container.