Governor Christie announced a limited state of emergency gas rationing plan that will restrict the distribution of gasoline and diesel fuel within New Jersey to an odd/even number system based on a vehicle’s license plate.
The rationing plan begins on noon tomorrow (Saturday).
The restriction will be in place in 12 counties: Bergen, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Essex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren
Those with license plates ending with an odd number can fill up tomorrow. Those with an even number can fill up on even days, starting with Sunday.
Those with specialized plates or those not displaying a number will be allowed to make purchases on odd-numbered days.
The executive order only applies to people with passenger vehicles.
The gas restriction is necessary because the Board of Public Utilities found that there is a gasoline "shortage of a dimension which endangers the public health, safety, and welfare," according to the executive order.
"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,” Christie said in a statement.
“Right now, the impact of the storm, particularly the continuance of widespread power outages, has created the disorderly sale of gas – including long lines, out of operation stations, and stations facing shortages,” he said.