Lines for gasoline at stations in New York and New Jersey stretched for blocks and blocks over the weekend, leaving residents frustrated when, in some cases, hours-long waits turned out to be fruitless as most stations ran out of gas before everyone could fill up. State and federal officials made an all-out effort to speed gas to the troubled region, which has seen more drivers than normal because Superstorm Sandy has crippled much of mass transit in the area. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered odd- and even-day gas rationing. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo waved a tax for fuel barges, and told New Yorkers they could get 10 gallons of gas without charge from fuel trucks across the region provided by the federal government. The Department of Defense, however, on Saturday ordered that gas at fueling stations be reserved for first responders because there wasn't enough to go around. To top it off, temperatures in the Northeast dipped this weekend, bringing a new sense of urgency to recovery efforts in the area, as thousands remain without shelter or electricity. The governors assured citizens that millions of gallons of gas would be delivered in the coming hours.
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