Now that the Christie-Obama lovefest has subsided, the ugly reality has settled in.
Gas lines stretching onto highways and byways were just one obstacle as New Jerseyans continue their stutter steps toward normalcy following the region’s most devastating natural disaster in modern times.
Bumper-to-bumper cars, trucks and SUVs stretched from the New Jersey Turnpike rest areas, taking up right lanes for up to a quarter of a mile.
Where open and functioning gas stations could be found, people waited up to two hours for a share of those precious gallons.
In some cases, they might have been paying more than they should have, and reports of $5-a-gallon gasoline have reached state officials, who are investigating dozens of allegations of unlawful price gouging.
Eric Kanefsky, the acting director of the Division of Consumer Affairs, said state statute prohibits price increases of 10 percent or more during states of emergency and for a 30-day period afterward.
Kanefsky said his office was also looking into unlawful price hikes at hardware stores, which might be selling generators at inflated prices, and at hotels and motels. Some people are also now calling attention to what they say are exorbitant estimates for debris-clearing jobs.
Once gassed up, some New York City-bound commuters encountered one more unanticipated obstacle – a required three-person per vehicle minimum to get into the city.
Someone please remind me how this is supposed to be helping Obama.