Those NJ laws would make me move. Trained dogs are also not flight risks...period.
My 125 pd rottweiler rode around in the back seat of my '78 CJ 7 for most its life. She sat in the center of the bench seat like a human for gods sake.
I have a twisted sense of humor, so we would dress her in a T-shirt and shorts and drive around town. People would just stare and I would laugh my ass off.
She was well trained and would never even think of leaving us regardless of what would appear at a stop light.
I miss her terribly now that I think about it. RIP Princess Pagan. You are missed.