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Gas Rationing to Begin in 12 NJ Counties Hit By Sandy, Nov. 3

License plates ending in an odd number can get gas on odd numbered days of the month, while plates ending in an even number can get gas on even numbered days of the month.

A system of gas dispensation is to begin tomorrow, Nov. 3 statewide to combat long lines at the pump in 12 counties.  The system does not apply to gas cans or gas for generators at this time.

According to a release from the Governor's Office, citizens statewide are now limited on the days in which they can fill up their gas tanks, as per the state Office of Emergency Management.

According to the state, plates ending in an even number can fill up on even numbered days of the month, while plates ending in an odd number can fill up on odd numbered days of the month.

Specialized or vanity plates, those not displaying any numbers, will be considered odd numbered plates, the release said.

This system is to begin at noon, Saturday, Nov. 3.

The order is in effect in the following counties: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

This dispensation system will remain in effect as long as the limited states of energy emergency declared by the state in those counties, the release said.

"With the challenges we face in the storm’s aftermath, we will be vigilant in enforcing this odd-even system, as we ease the stresses on the system," said Attorney General Jeffery S. Chiesa, in a prepared statement. "I encourage all New Jerseyans to abide by this system – motorists and retail dealers alike – to ease wait times and improve access for everyone. Those who choose to disregard this order will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted under the Governor’s state of emergency authority."

Annie Lynn November 03, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I think that is a fantastic idea it worked in the late 70's when we had a gas shortage!!
Sue November 03, 2012 at 01:09 AM
What happens if you have a plate that is not a vanity plate but ends in a letter? The article doesn't address this.
Jo Ann November 03, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Yes the article did address that question of vanity plates those not displaying any #'s is considered odd # plates.
jackie jones November 03, 2012 at 01:55 AM
its great it will work the line will not be so long and people hopeful will not kill each other over gas.
Jb November 03, 2012 at 11:23 AM
So what happens if you have a gas can with no plate?
Satinn Fields November 03, 2012 at 12:53 PM
The system does not apply for gas cans.
Joe A November 03, 2012 at 12:56 PM
The system does not apply to gas cans or gas for generators at this time.
Princella Smith November 03, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Honestly, I don't think this will work out to well. There are more disrespectful people & law breakers in the world than it was in the 70's when there was a gas shortage. So I'ma definitely anxious to see..
Jean Jarmond November 03, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I think this is the worst thing the governor could have done. It did not take into account the people without electricity who did not know of the ordinance and waited in their cars all night only to be notified at 6 am this morning that's wrong. People slept in their cars
Jean Jarmond November 03, 2012 at 08:46 PM
The governor is worried about the people of NJ, he should be worried about how Nj'S police officers are talking to and treating the citizens of NJ. They are threating and ticketing people for stopping to ask them a simple question, talk to your officers tell them we are law abiding citizens, NOT DOGS. Especially in MONTCLAIR.

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