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Governor Chris Christie announced Saturday in order to prevent a fuel shortage and ease the problem of long wait times and lines at gas stations, he'll sign Executive Order 108 declaring a limited state of energy emergency with regard to the supply of motor fuel and implementing odd-even rationing for gasoline purchases in 12 New Jersey counties.  

The odd-even fuel sales will take effect in the following counties at noon on November 3: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren. 

"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. Right now, the impact of the storm, particularly the continuance of widespread power outages, has created the disorderly sale of gas - including long lines, out of operation stations, and stations facing shortages," said Governor Christie. "This system will ease the strain on those gas stations still operating, while we work to bring more online for the public to access fuel, in a manner that is fair, easy to understand, and less stressful."  

Once the order goes into effect, all retail dealers of motor fuel will be required 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.  

On odd numbered days of the month, sales will only be permitted to passenger automobiles bearing license plates ending in odd numbers. Specialized plates - or those not displaying a number - will be considered odd numbered plates. 

The sales provision will remain in effect for as long as Governor Christie's limited declared state of energy emergency is in effect in those 12 counties.

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