The Drive to Save AM Car Radios Has NJ Rep Gottheimer Revved Up

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Despite inexpensive measures to resolve the static and interference that plague AM radio in electric automobiles, some American car manufacturers insist the easiest course of action is to remove AM radios from their vehicles entirely. This drastic step comes in advance of the move to change America’s new cars sales to all-electric. US Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ 5th) is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to prevent this from happening. He appeared on 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning program to outline why AM radio belongs in American cars.

“It costs a few bucks [to resolve the problem], because there’s some interference between electric vehicles and AM radio,” Gottheimer explained to Berman and Riedel. “A bunch of car manufacturers, like Ford, have done it; you can have AM radio in the car. A bunch of others are saying, yeah, I don’t feel like spending a couple of bucks, so we’re pulling AM radio out completely from the vehicles. We’ve invested as a country to make sure that AM radio is there for national emergencies, for disasters… the bottom line is, AM radio needs to be there for the country.”

Gottheimer also discussed his support for the growing number of lawsuits concerning congestion pricing, set to arrive across the Hudson in Manhattan in the spring. “We should appropriately call it the congestion tax. We know it does nothing for traffic. It’s actually going to lead to more traffic in northern New Jersey. It leads to more cancer-causing pollution. The MTA, which is just pathetically looking for somebody to pay for their woeful mismanagement- they lost $700 million last year to fare-skippers, then they tried to fix it with this new device that doesn’t even work at the turnstiles… people are realizing what kind of sham this is.”

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