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N.J. gas rationing in effect, but residents seeing some relief Special

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 6, 2012 in World
In Sandy's aftermath millions of residents in the New York tri-state area remain without power and many people are still coping with gas shortages.
Within the week after "Superstorm Sandy" made landfall, a shortage of gas resulted in many regions. In the last 48 hours, the gas situation has improved and many people are back online, however there is much work left to be done as numerous residents are still in the dark and without heat in their homes; the residents who have generators need to keep their containers filled.
Northern New Jersey is currently on a fuel rationing system and motorists have been lining up at the pump. Over the past few days motorists had also been crossing state borders in search of gas.
In Easton, Pa., just over the N.J. state border at exit 75 on I-78, motorists lined up at the gas stations, causing some traffic issues. In some cases, three lines were trying to merge into one fuel line. Gas lines appeared to spill onto I-78 in in Pennsylvania. In Northern N.J. gas lines were even longer.
On Sunday, this reporter observed police at some gas stations in New Jersey, many "no gas" signs, cones and trash bins blocking pumps indicating no fuel and very long lines of motorists hoping to fill their tanks and their containers for generators.
Going further east, many gas stations were either without power, out of gas or were busy serving long lines of customers.
However, also observed were some fuel trucks arriving at some of the gas stations, providing some relief in the region.
Yesterday, CBS News had reported in New York the gas situation had been improving, and some mass transit had been restored, but was not at 100 percent. Local officials encouraged carpooling and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg was reported to have asked residents to "cut out unnecessary driving".
Over the weekend, many reports had surfaced that New Jersey motorists were traveling to counties north of New York City and that getting gas was "hit or miss", according to people in the area. This reporter observed some New Jersey drivers at Dutchess County gas stations on Sunday and there were no lines; gas ranged from $4.09 to $4.29 per gallon.
The shortages are still widespread in New Jersey, however on Tuesday, the lines that existed on Sunday did not appear to be problematic in some of the northwestern areas of New Jersey that border on Pennsylvania. There were several gas stations in New Jersey this morning where there was little to no wait. Several media reports indicate that there is still is a supply issue. One local radio station did report, however, that Gov. Chris Christie may lift the gas rationing over the next couple of days.
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