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Gov. Christie: Relax About Gasoline, There's Plenty

Gov. Chris Christie assured Monmouth County residents that there is no risk of running out of gas at a press conference outside the Bolger school in Keansburg today.

Ten gasoline tankers protected by the National Guard were ordered into Monmouth County to deliver gasoline to stations that have power but no fuel, said Gov. Chris Christie at an afternoon press conference outside the Bolger School on Palmer Avenue in Keansburg today. 

Christie wanted to assure nervous motorists that over 80,000 gallons of gasoline was coming out of Fort Dix, and the government was efforting to increase that number. 

"We are not running out of gasoline. There is no supply shortage. What happened was, the pipeline and the refineries were down because we didn't have power. Now they're back up. So gasoline is moving out of those refineries in northern NJ all across the state."

"There's no reason you should be waiting in line. Let's do odd-even and take a deep breath," he said, referring to the gas-rationing system he instituted on Saturday that calls for people to gas up on even or odd days of the month, depending how the last digit of their license plate ends. 

"So everybody just relax about gasoline. There's plenty of it, and you'll be able to get to it," he said.  

After the governor and the press dispersed, dozens of volunteers poured into the Bolger School,  a local day shelter for Bayshore area residents devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Troops of volunteers were scurrying to prepare dinner prepared by two local chefs for the anticipated 5 p.m. crush of emergency workers and residents who have been filing in every night. 

The gymnasium and school hallways were lined with donations for people devastated by Hurricane Sandy. 

Claudine Scozzari November 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM
How are the gas stations making money operating a business as they are under this system? The gas attendants production rate is at best 33% with twice the amount of workers. The local gas station on November 5, 2012 at 3pm had 2 of its 6 pumps in operation with 4 gas attendants present, and one uniformed police officer. There were two lines for two pumps of gas, as opposed to the usual 6 pumps of gas with 1 gas attendant working. If there is enough gas, there should be 6 gas pumps operational, and there should be no lines with that many gas attendants. Instead, you see a bunch of people standing around getting paid for doing nothing for every car spending at least 5 minutes at the gas pump actually getting gas. When does that odd/even thing hurt your bottom line?
NJarhead November 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I suspect that is to reduce the area of focus for those in charge of maintaining order. I agree, it's a shame, but those who cannot control themselves in a crisis situation are to blame.
Claudine Scozzari November 06, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Apologies to the Uniformed Police Officer doing nothing and the local gas station I use regularly - Your work stoppage has ended. Up North, that is what the gas problem is about. Without the revenue from gas sales, the gas station owner doesn't have to pay their income taxes. Without tax dollars, the roads and power lines don't get fixed.
Claudine Scozzari November 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
To NJarhead - First, I am offended by your Screen Name. I am offended by the US Military's lack of ability to retain its "people's" self-respect and unity for this Nation that I am a citizen. When you are in civilian clothes, you are required to think, speak, and rationalize situations. You don't follow orders when you are civilian. You need to act and react to situations prior to them becoming an escalated problem. And, nothing bothers me more than people standing around creating a problem. And, the first thing out of one of your mouths is well I served this country. Now that your back in the country, can you stop the vehicle before entering the gas station at the gate while the vehicle is still on Municipal property. The Men in the 3 vehicles behind me had no problem at yelling at me to get out of line. How? There was no place to go. I made a mistake, and the Government worker in charge of Public Safety was going to start selling tickets to the watch the Men yell at the Wormen for every mistake the Women make. It is about the whole gas situation and where this part of the country get its gas. I am a Women without a Man in the Vehicle. After Sept. 11, do you know how difficult it was at some gas stations to actually get gas in the some parts of NJ. The Male gas attendents would not pump gas for me!
NJarhead November 06, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Claudine, I am offended by your whining and cluelessness. Where did I say anything about my service? "It is better to keep quiet and be thought an idiot, than to speak and confirm suspicion." -Abraham Lincoln.
Claudine Scozzari November 06, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Then, simple put - I am real offended by your screen name. I know the movies have glorified that term, but it is a real bad slang word.
NJarhead November 06, 2012 at 02:56 PM
First of all, if you're not a Marine, then why would you even care? It's a slang name given to us by the Navy and some of us have embraced it as endearing by our Navy Brothers and Sisters (who we affectionately refer to as Squids). Why on Earth YOU would be offended is ridiculous and beyond me. Unless of course you are the type of person just looking to be offended, which I suspect is the case here.
Claudine Scozzari November 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Your are right! It bothers me. I am offended by those groups of individuals who require "LABELS" for groups of individuals. You don't know me, and most people I meet don't bother taking the time to actual get to know me. (To put it simply, here in Monmouth County, it comes with my label) If I was in the City of Philadelphia or a nearby suburb, things would be completely different. However, the US military is a nationwide entity, and I don't condone getting things done by placing "labels" on groups of people. If you are unified, you act together with every person playing their role, like an ensemble of actors, dancers, singers, and stage hands putting a production togethers such as "Taming of the Shrew". Groups of people are unified all over this nation, and they do it on their Stage without a Label. I think the US Military may actually benefit from a change of culture.
NJarhead November 06, 2012 at 03:17 PM
On that note, this conversation is over. Best of luck to you with your condition.
Claudine Scozzari November 06, 2012 at 03:41 PM
To the readers of this conversation: My Condition - I am a US Citizen. I have read the US Constitution, and I understand the first admendment. I rather you call me an Idiot, then you to think me deaf, dumb, and stupid because I had absolutely no cognitive thinking about the gas situation.
Susan November 06, 2012 at 05:53 PM
ALERT !!!!! MUST read: "Support for Kill List and NDAA make Obama and Romney Unfit for Office" http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/reawakening-liberty/2012/nov/2/support-kill-list-and-ndaa-make-obama-and-romney-u/
NJarhead November 06, 2012 at 06:00 PM
That's a blog.

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