WALL TOWNSHIP - In a scene reminiscent of the gas shortages in the 1970s, motorists are lining up for miles and waiting about an hour for gasoline at a service areas along the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike.
Finding a gas station that's open has become a problem in parts of New Jersey, after Sandy downed power lines and destroyed entire sections of towns. Similar scenes are playing out across the state.
Gov. Christie's administration has acted to boost supplies of gasoline and diesel in New Jersey by directing Treasury officials to waive licensing requirements that affect merchants' ability to buy fuel from out-of-state suppliers.
The waiver, which will be in place until Nov. 7, will boost storm-depleted supplies by allowing all merchants temporarily to buy fuel from out of state for their New Jersey customers. Normally, merchants not licensed to import fuel can't legally buy gasoline and diesel from out of state and import it.
The Department of Environmental Protection told facilities that operate in the public interest yesterday that it is acceptable to use home heating oil in emergency generators instead of diesel fuel as the state recovers from Hurricane Sandy.