An executive order has been signed by Governor Chris Christie which declares a limited state of emergency and implements odd-even gas rationing for fuel purchased in 12 counties. The following counties are to be effected by the odd-even fuel sales which began Saturday at noon: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.

The odd-even sales are determined in the executive order which reads,

a. Requiring retail dealers of motor fuel to only sell motor fuel for use in a passenger automobile bearing license plates, the last number of which is an even number, on even numbered days of each month; and

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b. Requiring retail dealers of motor fuel to only sell motor fuel for use in a passenger automobile bearing license plates, the last number of which is an odd number, on odd numbered days of each month; and

c. Deeming all license plates not displaying a number as an odd numbered plate.

"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," said Christie in a statement.

The order does not apply to those who walk up with gas canisters.

The order will remain in effect for as long as the limited declared state of emergency is in effect.

"I encourage all New Jerseyans to abide by this system – motorists and retail dealers alike – to ease wait times and improve access for everyone," said Attorney General Jeffery S. Chiesa. "Those who choose to disregard this order will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted under the Governor’s state of emergency authority."

Sal Risalvato, executive director of the New Jersey Gasoline, C-Store, and Automotive Association, a trade group representing 1,000 gas retailers said, "There’s 10, 15, 18,000 gallons in the ground and no way of pumping it."

Risalvato expected a lot of power to be restored by the weekend which would result in a larger capacity to distribute gasoline.

Some gas stations have set limits of $20 to $35.

In addition reports,

• The Department of Defense announced it was sending about 200,000 gallons of fuel to Massachusetts and New Jersey, with another 800,000 gallons ready for delivery. It is also sending 22 generators and 69 pumps to New Jersey.

• President Obama directed the Defense Logistics Agency to purchase up to 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and up to 10 million gallons of diesel fuel for distribution in areas affected by the storm.

• Colonial Pipeline, a major fuel supply line to the region, has partially resumed shipping gasoline to its New Jersey terminals. Colonial will ship 700,000 gallons a day from Greensboro, N.C., to its refinery in Linden.

But the problem is still power. Until that is restored, the gasoline will be unusable.

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