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.