NJ: No More Gas Rationing

...and other Hurricane Sandy-related updates

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 12, 2012 1:30 PM CST

(Newser) – It's been two weeks since Sandy slammed the NJ/NY region, and she's still making news, some good, some bad. The latest:

  • Gas rationing will be a thing of the past in New Jersey as of 6am tomorrow. Chris Christie, who instituted the odd-even days on Nov. 3, said there are no longer any lines, and there is enough gas, reports the Star-Ledger.

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo has revealed the figure he'd like the federal government to hand over to help his battered state: $30 billion. The New York Times breaks down some of what that would go to, from $3.5 billion for bridge, tunnel, and subway repair to $1 billion for police and emergency workers' overtime. It could be a tough sell, reports the Times, as Congress, which isn't too sweet on the idea of additional spending these days, would have to OK the figure.
  • Not yet a thing of the past: power outages. As of today, more than 70,000 customers of Long Island Power Authority are sans electricity. And they may not get it back anytime soon. LIPA says some 46,300 of those customers suffered water damage to electrical panels and wiring; their service can't be restored without an inspection and possibly repairs, reports the AP.
  • And two lighter stories from the AP, both with a slightly macabre streak: Disaster tourists have been on the scene in Staten Island, gawking at the destruction. One homeowner said she felt "violated." Another says "it's like we're at the zoo." How to spot a gawker? Look for the camera ... and clean clothes and shoes.
  • And New York City's comedians are starting to use the storm as fodder. A sample joke about NYC post-Sandy, compliments of Dave Attell. "It was dark. Toilets were backing up. ... It was pretty much like it always was."

Neighbors volunteering to help another neighbor in need move deep sand from the house on Beach 121 Street in the Rockaway Park neighborhood of the borough of Queens, New York, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.   (Craig Ruttle)
New Jersey state troopers keep order as motorists line up to purchase gasoline at the Thomas A. Edison service area on the New Jersey Turnpike.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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