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article imageGov. Chris Christie ends gas rationing in affected N.J. counties

By Leigh Goessl     Nov 13, 2012 in World
After over a week of gas rationing, New Jersey Governor Christie announced on Monday that gas rationing in northern N.J. would end early Tuesday morning.
According to The Record, Christie held a press conference in Middletown. He told the public the long lines had disappeared, gas supply was "plentiful" and that rationing would end effective 6 a.m. on Tuesday morning.
Gov. Christie Christie sent out a tweet on Monday that stated, "We feel good now to end Odd/Even effective tomorrow at 6am in NJ's 12 northern counties."
On Nov. 2, Gov. Christ Christie had announced he'd signed an executive order to implement gas rationing. As gas stations were either out of power or unable to get deliveries, fuel lines were incredibly long in some N.J. regions, Christie had announced the odd-even license plate/date system would be imposed in 12 counties across Northern N.J. This rationing seemed to alleviate some of the problems, as observed by Digital Journal last week.
According to the Wall Street Journal, as of yesterday, about 80 percent of New Jersey's 3,000 gas stations were open and selling gas, up from 70 percent on Friday.
The governor had sent out a separate tweet on Monday that said, "The Odd/Even system has been very successful. It reduced anxiety and created order at the gas lines."
Ending the gas rationing is one of the first steps in getting back to the "new normal" for New Jersey, Gov. Christie said. Most state residents at this time have power and a former military base will be opening later this week to serve as temporary housing for hundreds of people.
“We’re entering into a new rebuilding phase post Hurricane Sandy,” Christie said at a briefing held at a new Federal Emergency Management Agency joint operations center in a vacant office building in Lincroft, reported The Star-Ledger. “After two weeks of a recovery phase, we’ve achieved a new normal for life in post-Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.”
WPIX reported New York City's gas rationing system will continue at this time.
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