New Jersey Governor Murphy Signs New Bill Inspired by an Iconic Seinfeld Episode
The 'Seinfeld Bill' is officially law in the state of New Jersey. It's real and it's spectacular.
It's September 16, 1992. Episode 3 of Season 4 of Seinfeld, 'The Pitch', airs on NBC.
Albeit brief, one of the most brilliant and iconic moments in Seinfeld history that we'd all end up relation to, even all these years later happens when Jerry picks up the phone call from a telemarketer.
In the episode, George is in the middle of introducing his ill-fated fiancé Susan to Jerry and Kramer when they're interrupted by the call. It's a telemarketer, whom Jerry informs it's not a good time to talk. He asks the solicitor, 'Why don't you give me your home number and I'll call you later?', to which the telemarketer replies, 'I'm sorry, we're not allowed to do that.' The banter goes back to Jerry: 'Oh, I guess you don't want people calling you at home.' The salesman says, 'No.' Then, Jerry, for the win, goes, 'Now you know how I feel.'
It's how we were and still ARE feeling. ROBOCALLS! The worst, am I right? Side note: I always thought that telemarketer voice on Seinfeld sounds like Ghostface from the movie Scream. Anybody? Anybody?
Well, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is pulling a Seinfeld with a new bill he just signed.
The law reportedly requires telemarketers targeting New Jersey residents to identify themselves by name and the company they're calling on behalf of within 30 seconds.
And it is indeed called the 'Seinfeld Bill'. The legislation was brought forth by NJ Senator Jon Branmick.