New Jersey’s Gas Rules x Sandy Relief Resources
New Jersey’s gas crunch in the wake of Hurricane Sandy has become so severe that state officials are implementing gas rationing for passenger vehicles in the counties hardest hit by the storm.
Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order today announcing a state of energy emergency and instituting gas rationing for the purchase of fuel by motorists in 12 counties, starting Saturday at noon. Calling the fuel supply in the state a “shortage” that could endanger public health, safety and welfare, the rationing will take place in Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties.
“As New Jerseyans continue the long process of recovering from Hurricane Sandy, it’s imperative that our families have secure, reliable access to essential supplies like fuel,” said Christie in a statement issued just before 8 p.m. He cited the long lines and otherwise disorderly sales of fuel following Hurricane Sandy.
According to the order, all retail gasoline dealers are required to sell fuel for use in a passenger vehicle according to the last number appearing on a vehicle’s license plate.
Vehicles with license plates, the last number of which is an odd number, can fill up at stations in these counties only on odd-numbered days of the month, the order said.
Vehicles with license plates, the last number of which is an even number, can fill up only on even-numbered days.
Zero is considered an even number.
The order does not apply to the purchase of fuel by individuals with gas canisters. Walk-ups are still permitted.
All license plates not displaying a number, such as vanity plates, are considered odd, and should fill up on odd numbered days of the month, the order said.
The ration order will remain in effect for as long as the limited declared state of energy emergency is in effect.
“I encourage all New Jerseyans to abide by this system – motorists and retail dealers alike – to ease wait times and improve access for everyone,” said Attorney General Jeffery S. Chiesa. “Those who choose to disregard this order will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted under the Governor’s state of emergency authority.”
BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Cuomo today announced that 8 million gallons of fuel have been delivered to New York and another 28 million gallons will be delivered over the next few days. Cuomo did not provide an exact timetable for deliveries.
The Department of Defense will set up mobile fuel stations across the New York area throughout the morning. Exact times were not provided by the governor’s office.
Mobile fueling stations:
– Freeport Armory at 63 Babylon Turnpike
– Bronx Armory at 10 West 195th St.
– Brooklyn Armory at 1579 Bedford Ave.
– Staten Island/Elizabeth Armory at 321 Manor Road
– Queens Armory at 93-05 160th St