TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Gov. Chris Christie has signed a measure that would allow the sale of Tesla and other zero-emission cars in New Jersey.

Christie signed the bill Wednesday. The new law comes about a year after the state Motor Vehicle Commission issued regulations requiring cars to be sold through franchises.

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In December 2014, the high-end car maker opened a new showroom in Paramus.

Tesla markets its vehicles directly to consumers.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk protested the regulations last year. He said the company chose not to sell through franchises because most of their revenue comes from gasoline-powered cars leaving little incentive to sell electric vehicles.

The legislation also requires companies selling cars directly to consumers to maintain a servicing facility and to report sales figures to the state.

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