Tesla lashed out at New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for backing a proposal that would force the automaker to sell its electric cars through dealers in the state, instead of directly to the consumer.
Tesla has been selling directly to shoppers in New Jersey for about a year, having sold 500 cars.
But the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is considering a proposal at a meeting in Trenton on Tuesday that would block automakers from selling to consumers.
"This is an affront to the very concept of a free market," Tesla Motors (TSLA) said in a blog post on Tuesday.
"This new rule, if adopted, would curtail Tesla's sales operations and jeopardize our existing retail licenses in the state," said Tesla's post. "Having previously issued two dealer licenses to Tesla, this regulation would be a complete reversal to the long standing position of NJMVC on Tesla's stores."