Eary Friday in Parsippany, many motorists are searching desperately for fuel for their vehicles—and finding it is a challenge.
Patch drove through Parsippany Road and found no open stations. Along Route 46, from Mountain Lakes to New Road in Parsippany, nothing. Traveling up North Beverwyck Road into Lake Hiawatha, where an increasing number of businesses have lights on, the filling stations—Shell, Hiawatha Towing—are dark and deserted.
The only station mentioned to us as being open and pumping is at the New Road Wawa, and the lines there are unimaginably long.
An interesting phenomenon: At some of the empty stations, long lines of cars are queued as drivers wait to see if they will open.
We encountered a line of more than 25 cars outside Ward Towing at North Beverwyck and Knoll roads. A sign on a gas pump indicates that there is "no gas" here. Still, the drivers wait and hope.
Most are in no mood to talk (save for one visibly irate man who yelled out, "This is Obama and Christie's fault!") Scott Iacovelli, who lives in Knoll Gardens apartment, however, was happy to share his thoughts.
"Compared to what happened down the shore and Staten Island and Long Island... You gotta look at the big picture," he said. "I lost power for three days but so what? I still got my house, I still got my stuff and my health. I can't complain.
"I didn't lose my business or my life. A lot of people did. It is what it is."
He shared stories of friends who live near the Jersey Shore, saying their houses were picked up by the storm and tossed.
"You gotta look at this and say, this too shall pass," Iacovelli advised.
Still, he needs gas.
"I work in Teterboro," he said. "I have enough gas to get there and back today. Beyond that, I don't know."
Iacovelli asked what the rest of Parsippany offered in the way of petrol and was told that so far, none had been found.
"I was at Wawa at 3:30 this morning," he said. "The line was out to [Route] 46. How do they keep having gas? And the line goes around and around and around. I've never seen anything like it."
He said he would hang around until someone appears.
"I have to get gas. If I don't, I don't know how I'm going to get around next week."
By 8 a.m., it appeared Iacovelli changed his mind and drove off, as did the other drivers in line. A woman walked up to Patch and said that the station normally doesn't open until 8 a.m.
"It's too bad they left," she said. "Now I'll be first in line."
Shortly after the appointed hour, a young man arrived and began doing work, throwing garbage bags into a dumpster. Asked about the station's status, he offered a terse reply.