Trenton, NJ – In not so surprising news, Governor Chris Christie (who I am sure is not lacking for fuel, water, heat, electricity, or food. Nor is being denied access to his property) has made the decision to abandon the free market and create a government sanctioned system of gas rationing in 12 New jersey counties. From the official press release:
Tonight, Governor Chris Christie took action to prevent a fuel shortage and
ease the problem of extended wait times and lines at gas stations by signing 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. Odd-even fuel sales will take effect in the following counties at noon on November 3, 2012: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.
To highlight the governor’s official proclamation, at this point I feel the need to insert a HEAR YE, HEAR YE!
“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.”
The Governor, aka the state, who knows how to best provide for its citizens and ensure their security is creating a system of fueling our vehicles in correlation to the last digit of our license plates, with the day of the month, odd or even, . Remember, “It is imperative that our families have secure,…” The Gov is attempting to give us security in exchange for the liberty of purchasing gasoline when it is most convenient to us. It was Benjamin Franklin who warned us about trading security for liberty. We all know the outcome, in the end you have neither. Thanks Chris. Here is the link to his Facebook post: CLICK HERE
“The orderly and reliable sale of gas to our residents is essential to maintaining a steady and reliable source of power for both transportation and the maintenance of essential services at home. With the challenges we face in the storm’s aftermath, we will be vigilant in enforcing this odd-even system, as we ease the stresses on the system,” said Attorney General Jeffery S. Chiesa. “I encourage all New Jerseyans to abide by this system – motorists and retail dealers alike – to ease wait times and improve access for everyone. Those who choose to disregard this order will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted under the Governor’s state of emergency authority.”
You will do as you are told. Or you can go over to Pennsylvania or Delaware, if you can afford the toll. The gas is more expensive, but you can purchase as much as you want when you want. My question: Governor, do you really think that central economic planning is the answer? The storm was bad enough, give us a break.