New Jersey Orders Costco to Open Gas Pumps to Public

TRENTON, N.J. - The state of New Jersey has ordered Costco to open its two New Jersey gas stations to the general public, according to 1010 WINS radio station in New York.

Costco's membership requirement violated New Jersey laws regarding fuel sales, state consumer officials said.

When the company was informed of that by the state two weeks ago, it removed the members-only signs from the pumps in Clifton and Ocean Township, its two New Jersey locations that sell gasoline, Paul Latham, v.p. of gasoline for Costco, told the Herald News of West Paterson.

On Monday the Clifton site was selling regular gas for $1.83 a gallon. Most stations in the state are selling regular gas for around $2 a gallon.

Costco, based in Issaquah, Wash., has 11 stores in New Jersey. Memberships cost $45 a year.

Another wholesale operation, the Sam's Club in Cinnaminson, doesn't require a membership, and sold regular gas for $1.84 a gallon on Monday.

However, BJ's Wholesale Club pumps in Linden and Vineland required memberships, the operators told the newspaper.
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