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Gas Rationing Begins Saturday in 12 Counties

License plates with an odd number as the last number in their plate can get gas on odd days, while plates with in an even number as the last number can get gas on even numbered days.

A system for dispensing gas is to begin Saturday to combat long lines at the pump in 12 counties throughout the state.

According to a release from the Governor's Office, citizens of the following counties are now limited on the days in which they can fill up their gas tanks, as per the state Office of Emergency Management: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

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.

The number to look for is the final numerical digit contained in the plate number, whether it is the final character on the plate or not, according to the governor's office. [Note: This and the next paragraph were added after the article was published]

So, for example, a theoretical plate number of "MVM 48Q" would have "8" as its final numerical digit, and would be permitted to fill up on an even day.

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

"Only in cases where there are no numbers and only letters is the plate counted as an odd number," said Kevin Roberts of Gov. Chris Christie's press office in an email to Patch.

This system does not apply to gas cans, such as those for generators, at this time, according to a spokesman from the governor's office.

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

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

Robert King November 04, 2012 at 04:30 AM
1= odd 3= odd 5= odd 7= odd 9= odd
hhsstudent November 04, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Why are sussex and morris subject to gas rationing if we haven't been declared a FEMA zone? We need to be declared a major disaster zone so we can get FEMA aid!
Terry November 04, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Because there is area-wide panicky hoarding of gasoline, creating false shortages. In other words, you've been hoisted by your own fearful and greedy petards.
hhsstudent November 04, 2012 at 07:24 AM
But what about the fact that the gas stations that have power are running out, because people need to get to work, school (local colleges go back monday and so do many public schools), and now run generators, and the stations that have gas in their tanks are closed because they don't have power. 100% of many towns in Sussex and Morris have no power and those families are either in shelters or attempting to stay in their homes by running generators. They need enough gasoline to last them days at a time, and in some cases many areas are being told it could be weeks (Hopatcong, for example) because power comes back.
Terry November 04, 2012 at 08:16 AM
The same answer applies. A crowd mentality's IQ is low/average.
Bee November 04, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Some gas stations have gas but won't open until they have the police there - shell in Wayne , they told me the wait will be several hours for the police .
NWK NORTH WARD November 04, 2012 at 11:42 AM
JP - The teamwork the Hawthorne couple showed in getting gas the other day was not gall. It's called street smarts.
Occidentalist November 04, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Went to Valero on Rt. 46 East last night @ 11:45pm. Took me 90 minutes to fill up the car and a 5-gallon gas can. No limits, debit cards/credit cards accepted. Went so well, I picked up the minivan and filled it up too - 60 minutes this time.
montana16 November 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
We filled up on 10/27. however our only way to charge our phones were in our car. We sat in 2hrs before the ration was enforced. 1 car has 1/2 and the other has 3/4. should be good until 11/6, assuming this is still in effect. I was surprised to find that most NJ stations didn't have generator back up
Brett Kaiser November 04, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I think I'll just stay home till it clears....except for the trips to the hospital for treatments...
JP November 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Someone just posted on my FB that they got gas in Edison today, no line and no restrictions. Wonder if this is working or they just got lucky.
JP November 04, 2012 at 11:51 PM
While it is street smarts, it's also obnoxious! They had a car. Get in line!
NWK NORTH WARD November 05, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Hey,the Hawthorne woman waited in line, without cutting anyone off. Any car owner who brought a passenger/wingman or woman/ could have done the same thing and it's all fair! BTW, I'm sure the same scenario played out throughout the state on multiple occasions.
Bee November 05, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Exxon on French and alps just got a shipment of gas but it's only for town officials ,they purchased it ! First of all with what money , my tax money? Gas attendant gave some of that township officials gas to his sister . Who else is getting that gas which was purchased by township officials ?
Monk November 05, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I've always thought people with vanity plates were odd.
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testy11 November 05, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Rt 10 between Livingston and Rt 287, 3 gas stations open with very little lines, this was at 8 am.
Concerned November 05, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Purchased gas for our auto today at one of the "discount" stations on Hamburg Tpke. While waiting our turn, a couple, walking with a gas can, attempted to have it filled and were turned away, being told that they had to be in a car in order to purchase gas!~ Not only that, a car, two vehicles in front of ours, sported New York plates ending in the number 6, making it an even numbered plate. Today, the 5th of November is an ODD day. In addition, the attendants were filling driver's side gas intake from the opposite side of the car, in direct contempt of the law prohibiting such action. To boot....there were two Wayne Polce officers at the station and when I questioned them about the above infractions, I was told that the gas station owner could make up his own rules and regulations as he owned the station. Is something wrong here?
JAFO November 06, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb and say "your whining" is what's wrong?
abook November 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I hate these damn generators, very nice give us more pollution. People should sleep at friends or shelters and stop ruining their and their neighbors health and making the gas lines longer. Oh Where are shelters in Fair Lawn, where is this located?
Terry November 06, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Trying times for hall-monitor-types, eh?
Nancy November 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
You must have power to make such a stupid statement. Why don't you go and help out at a shleter and do something useful with your life.
jojo November 06, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Guess the odd numbers gobbled up all the gas yesterday. Went past 8 stations that had no gas, did find one, line not too bad and everyone polite. I would imagine/hope they refill in the meantime.
brendalee November 06, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Don't know about today but good experience at Sunoco River Edge (yes I name the station ; ) Sunday...police politely kept order.. Helpful with information. No limit. Cash only. Cars and people with containers All served
Robert King November 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
is there a reason for this? this person doesnt make any sense, it doesn't have anything to do with gas lines?? i dont even know what they are saying? this comment from yellowgirl should be deleted.
Robert King November 06, 2012 at 06:21 PM
hey john c did you get arressted yet? because if you try to do what you said you were going to do they will arrest you. this odd/even thing is a law by the way it was used back in the 1970's
RMW November 06, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Why would anyone wait in line for six hours? Drive an hour to Pa., get gas, then drive an hour home. Some wasted miles but much less time wasted.
preparetosucceed November 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I live in Woodbridge but work in Cranford. There are no lines along the stations on Rte 1 north off of the parkway or at the stations in Woodbridge (corner of Green and St. Georges Ave.). I hope this helps.
brendalee November 06, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thank you Sara..this is the kind helpful stuff many need.
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