NEWARK - Potholes are causing problems for drivers across New Jersey and forcing many to take their cars to the body shop for realignment after driving over a commuter crater.

Newark officials say they have a $350,000 pothole budget. The city's business administrator Julien Neals says road crews aren't waiting for warmer weather to fix the holes and started repairs this week.

Neals explained that because the temperatures are still cold, the city of Newark is using a cold patch paving mix. Normally repairs have to wait until spring because crews use hot asphalt.

Third-generation mechanic George Mytrowitz says even a 4-inch hole can cause $500 worth of damage to a vehicle.

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