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Gas Rationing Sees Shorter Lines at Some Stations

Governor's new gas plan and restrictions imposed by station owners results in slightly shorter waits in some places, same story in others.

At noon Saturday, Gov. Chris Christie's even-odd gas rationing mandate went into effect for 12 New Jersey counties, including Bergen, Essex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren.

The result, in some cases, was modestly shorter gas lines than have been seen in the days since Sandy hit. Of course, other stations featured the same long lines and interminable waits that have dotted North Jersey in recent days.

Patchisarag November 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Patricia maybe the station is paying them to be there. Unfortunately the owner of the gas station has the right to give the gas to anybody he or she wants to.
Scott Ryan November 04, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Patricia, I hear ya! As I said earlier, seven stations in our Caldwells and noone is open or was open this morning...I DID get mail for the first time ever on a Sunday! LOL I think our town government has dropped the ball with communication. Why not set up a town Info Center at the TJ MAX/Panera parking lots for people to go, ask questions, get info, ask for help, VOLUNTEER to help-----Noticeable absence in my opinion....
J November 04, 2012 at 07:42 PM
The BP on Rt. 15 S, right by Jefferson Diner had gas today. Pretty short line limit, though, so you'll have to keep circling until a space clears when you get there. It took me about 30-40 minutes of circling, not bad.
Fire dude November 04, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Someone needs to tell me why when there is a gas station (Florham Park Gulf) on Columbia turnpike, has full tanks and has had to turn away two fuel deliveries because the town officials refused to let him sell gas yesterday and today. Apparently he pissed someone off in town hall so they decided to let him sit idle while everyone else has lines four miles long. Now is not the time for grudges, people are hurting out there and all he wants to do is sell some gas and help people. I've spoken with some of the police officers and they've stated "it's not them" and that he did make someone angry higher up the food chain. VERY PETTY, if you ask me. Lets grow up people!
badbul November 04, 2012 at 07:46 PM
There is a gas shortage, and it's all because the Newark, Linden and Port Reading refineries were underwater. These 3 refineries are the suppliers of fuel to northern Jersey and other parts of the north east. The refineries are working to get there plants back up to operating conditions, but salt water has taken there toll on the equpment and wiring of the plants. It may take a couple weeks for one of the three plants to open again. And hopefully the other two will follow shortly. But until then, expect long waits in line at the pump.
Andi November 04, 2012 at 08:31 PM
This morning I watched a tanker refilling the Exxon station at Prospect Avenue, yet the gas station owner decided not to open the station on Sunday. After a long wait dozens of disappointed drivers had to join another line. Police was present to guide traffic, yet nobody was able to persuade the owner to support struggling West Orange citizens. This is where we would have needed a mayor to reach out to WO businesses. Even Bergen County is open for business on Sunday!
Patchisarag November 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I know most of Florham Park has no power so maybe the station is unable to pump the gas.
rob November 04, 2012 at 09:47 PM
The management of this situation by west orange police and area gas stations is really poor...funny my last post was never approved...bias by patch editors? Hmmm
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
You have to be NICE rob or you will get DELEATED !!!!!!
NYYFan November 04, 2012 at 10:08 PM
WOW!!! Are you kidding me?! God forbid you need a first responder in an emergency and they have no gas in their vehicle to get to work or they're sitting in a gas line waiting. STOP being so freaking selfish!
MAL November 04, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Not sure if my last comment was deleted. New to this. But I was on line for 12 hours at the DELTA right across the street from THE MONTCLAIR POLICE DEPT. the line went on for miles n miles. We were strung along being told its coming. Then the gas station staff just leaves. Ups n closes. People were pushing their cars because they ran out of gas. How are these owners getting away with this? Taking up town resources , the police patrolling ALL DAY, to have them up and leave? I don't understand. The cops were great, it's not their fault, they don't deliver gas nor own the station. But where is the communication or chain of command? If there is NO GAS then tell us so and let us MOVE ON to find another place that may have gas. People were up in arms over there yesterday. My sister also in Montclair STILL HAS NO POWER and a baby at home n couldn't even get gas for their generator. Thank God I have power. What do people do that DO NOT have family nearby? What's taking so long? It's a shame.
Nose Wayne November 04, 2012 at 10:24 PM
The ODD/EVEN seems to be working better. Seeing shorter lines at the gas stations.
Fire dude November 04, 2012 at 10:38 PM
The gulf station in FP on Columbia turnpike has a generator and it was approved by the inspector so he was good to go and then the powers that be said "NO". Just so people know that all the overtime for the police is coming from the federal government, once this was declared an emergency the funding is no longer a municipal burden.
Steve November 04, 2012 at 10:44 PM
I am in west orange and the lines r getting shorter.I went to pa. Yesterday to fill up. No line at all.even met a few people from jersey. It was great
ChathamGuy November 04, 2012 at 11:48 PM
Shell in Madison NJ was very organized. Line went quickly. (an hour for me, which I'll take...) They said they will get gas shipments every night.
Denobin November 05, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Stop spreading false information. One of the refineries is already online with the others soon to follow. They were never underwater; they were shut down preemptively to minimize damage during the storm. As soon as power is restored they start coming back. Spreading lies to rile to public is despicable.
Robert King November 05, 2012 at 01:13 AM
go to WAWA in parsippany, they are open 24 hours 7 days a week but if you have an even number you have to get there before midnight tonight. they have gas. the wawa is off rt 280 exit 1 or take rt 46 to new rd (shell station on corner not open)
Robert King November 05, 2012 at 01:20 AM
i went by the lukoil in verona (bloomfield ave) and they have chains and locks around the gas pumps? I was like omg thats sick, people must have been trying to steal the gas.
Carol Pena November 05, 2012 at 01:59 AM
The Exxon in Basking Ridge near the entrance to 78 had gas on Sat and Sun. Waited in the car line on Sat (which started near Starbucks), took an hour to get gas. Not too bad. Today (Sun) I drove past and they were still pumping gas, though the line was much longer. They have a separate walk-up line just for gas cans - people were parking in the Panera lot and walking over. This line was about half an hour wait. I don't know if this is part of the NJ rationing rules, but you could only buy $50 worth of gas. Also the Exxon in Bedminster on 202/206 was open today when I passed it - line didn't look too long.
Mike Chubre November 05, 2012 at 02:42 AM
VOTE FOR REVENGE!
Tommy Roff November 05, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Anti-Romney oil hating Libtards waiting in line for gas.... ROFLMAO
Annette Oddo Colombo November 05, 2012 at 10:31 AM
how are gas lines today in Bloomfield?
Jerseytime November 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Your basis for this accusation? Rumor? Frustration? If that's all you have, such inflammatory postings will likely get someone hurt.
mipesly November 06, 2012 at 11:09 PM
This is a joke. It's been a week - somebody needs to be fired. Maybe the gov.
Ted November 07, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Gas Gouging at the gas station on rt 46 east in little falls, right before the rt 3 east split (by the diner). Stopped last night $4.20/gal for premium and refused to give me a receipt! This when supposedly prices are coming down. Patch should have a blog for price gouging reporting. If there's another site, please let me know!
Scott Ryan November 07, 2012 at 12:56 PM
I can top that! I paid $4.39 for REGULAR in Caldwell Monday!
Robert King November 10, 2012 at 06:16 PM
I DONT SEE ANY MORE LINES!!!! YES!!
Robert King November 10, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I only paid $3.70 for premium at the WAWA in parsippany
Robert King November 10, 2012 at 06:20 PM
i meant $3.79 not $3.70 a gallon
gina s. November 10, 2012 at 06:33 PM
The gas rationing was a great idea.....something needed to be done to cut the lines. It definitely helped. Now more gas stations are up and running and most of the gas lines haves disappeared. If nothing else, it helped to calm down the tenseness that we all felt as we tried to power our generators and try to get to work. It was a good idea.

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