A UDRP has just been filed on the matching domain names of the two major highways in New Jersey.
The UDRP was filed on the domain names NJturnpike.com & GardenStateParkway.com both which are registered by a David P Matteo who lives in New Jersey.
The domain name were both registered on the same day back on July 31, 1998.
Mr. Matteo according to DomainTools.com has owned the domain since at least 2001 but could be the original registrant.
Mr. Matteo also owns the domain name ONSITENJ.COM which appears to be a computer sales and service business located in Ocean Grove, NJ
Both domain names go to a blog/website fnjtolls.com, that display’s Mr. Matteo apparent unhappiness with the current Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie and the fact that the state charges Tolls on its roadways.
Although its not official it seems to the causal observer seeing a logo of the middle finger on the site next to the domain name Fnjtolls.com stands for Fuck New Jersey Tolls.
The site would also indicate that Mr. Matteo had not much love for the former Governor of New Jersey, Jon Corzine either.
While political speech and gripe sites usually are protected in UDRP’s these actual roadways do exist and the site they are directed to have Google Ad sense in between the articles. On the other hand the domain names have been owned by the current domain holder for at least 12 years and possibly since 1998.
You would have thought someone in the NJ state government would have figured out they didn’t own these domain names sometimes before today and 1998 but as a born and raised New Yorker, I have to remember it is New Jersey.
It should be an interesting case to watch.
Scott Neuman says
Nice for the post Mike. Living in NJ, I can’t wait to see how this one ends and who in the government brought the suit after 15 years.
Kevin M. says
“”…but as a born and raised New Yorker, I have to remember it is New Jersey.””
ColoradoStatePatrol.com is probably in the same class of domains and I let that one go years ago.
Here we have an entity New Jersey Turnpike Authority who has one of its “brands” – Garden State Parkway.
Seriously – stuff like this should have been from his portfolio years ago – I hope they take both away
Mike we owned FLTurnpike. com we were the first registrants. Parked it at sedo it was getting enormous amount of traffic. We were getting prepared to develop it when we received a cease and desist letter. We let it go when we got the letter and it expired so we followed it and the Turnpike administration still didn’t register it. Someone else registered it a few months after we had let it go. I can imagine the traffic on these types of domains.
And truthfully at the time of the registration we didn’t know it was a private entity, after we researched it we found out FL Turnpike is a private entity.
They do everything ass backwards in New Jersey. The official site for the state is state.nj.us and to get an EZpass to use for the tolls you can’t go to EZpass.com because they don’t own that one so you have to go to ezpassnj.com to register. If you want to find out about the new jersey lottery you can’t do it on the dot com you have to go to their official site which is at njlottery.net and if you want to find out about construction on the NJ turnpike you have to go to the horrible domain name NJturnpikewidening.com.
The only good thing that they have done so far is get the trademark on New Jersey Turnpike and on Garden State Parkway but of course they didn’t do this many years ago but registered them in May of 2012. The only thing I don’t see in this post is if the UDRP was actually filed by the state of New Jersey or someone else.
Welcome to NJ – we don’t trust you to pump your own gas.
Owen Frager says
“But as a born and raised New Yorker, I have to remember it is New Jersey.”
Michael Berkens says
Yes some states have sold off their revenue stream and obligations to maintain pay roads to private firms and the Florida Turnpike is one of them
Yes – Michael –
Sometimes – in a free world – it is ok (oops I mean desperate) for the “state” to sell off assets.
So much more to offer – but I will wait 🙂