Maybe it doesn't have to be that way. If you live in NJ, TX, or another state that doesn't want to let Tesla sell cars, let a state politician know. Maybe you think your U. S. Congressperson won't listen to you, but at the state level they are much more likely to lend an ear.
The problem is that you, and people like you, are not normal. Most ballots are filled out by slack-jawed yokels who choose their car because they liked the ad they saw for it on TV, and who choose their politicians in much the same manner.