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Those throwback blue license plates may be on their way back to a highway near you if two state legislators get their way.
State Sen. Kristin Corrado and Assemblyman Kevin Rooney have introduced bills to authorize the Motor Vehicle Commission to sell the "classic" license plates, which first hit New Jersey streets in 1979.
The light-blue plates that appeared on the cars of Garden State drivers haven't been issued since 1991, when "I Do It For You" by Bryan Adams topped the music charts and people flocked to movie theaters to see Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins in "Silence of the Lambs."
There will need to be a great enough demand to get these made, however, to offset the $25,000 it will cost to design, produce and distribute the plates. At least 500 applicants would be required for the plates before the commission would get started.
Interested New Jerseyans would theoretically pay $50 upfront for the plate and $10 annually to cover the costs. Public funds would not be used for the initial rollout, according to the bill.
So if you have a vintage car or just want to spark a little nostalgia from the '80s, keep your fingers crossed as the legislation waits to be heard by the state Legislature.
Anthony Zurita is a breaking news reporter for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all the major news happening in North Jersey, subscribe here. To get breaking news directly to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter.