Gas shortages leave New Jersey drivers running on empty

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? Pumps are running dry in parts of southern New Jersey as gas stations prepare to switch over to a new blend, leaving drivers sputtering to find fuel.

Energy analysts say part of the problem is the government is requiring oil producers to include ethanol in their blends starting in May. The corn-based ingredient is more environmentally friendly, but also costly to produce.

Recent polls show New Jersey residents and other Americans rank high gas prices as the third most important issue facing the nation. Experts say drivers can conserve gasoline by purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles and avoiding quick accelerations.

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