New Jersey grapples with how, whether to regulate Uber, Lyft

Ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft could be driven out of New Jersey if a bill lawmakers are considering becomes law.

That’s at least what the transportation network companies faced with potential new regulations say. Lawmakers and other supporters of the legislation argue the bill promotes public safety and levels the playing field.

Lawmakers across the country are beginning to turn their attention to regulating such online ride-booking firms. Already eight states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws addressing them. Four other states await action on measures from their governors.

In New Jersey, lawmakers and other observers are optimistic it will continue to weave its way through the Democrat-led Legislature.

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Christie typically does not comment on bills before they reach his desk.

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