With many N.J. gas stations closed, customers facing long lines

Many New Jersey residents are spending a lot of time looking for gasoline this week.

Plenty of gas stations are closed because Hurricane Sandy has left them without power, and they’re unable to pump fuel.


There are long lines at the stations that are open.

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Freehold resident Mike Alexander waited Thursday for half an hour to get to the pumps at one station in Jackson Township.

“Why did I do it? I need gas for my generator. I need gas for my car. I work,” he said. “Obviously I’m on the road all the time for my job. The last time I seen something like this was when I was a kid when they had the gas shortage.”

Another customer said he didn’t mind the wait after spending four hours in line the previous day only to find out he could get just a gas can’s worth of fuel.

“My truck is low,” said Michael DiCairano of Marlboro. “I got a few other vehicles that I do commute with that are also going to need gas, but I’m happy to get it in this one vehicle and some in my gas can for my generator.”

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