NJ yanking state-issued gas cards

February 18, 2009 11:44:24 AM PST
New Jersey officials have canceled about 1,000 gas cards issued to state employees, saying the move will save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.

The cards were issued for emergency purposes only - for instance, when workers run low on in a state-issued vehicle.

But officials say the cards were frequently used at retail fueling stations, such as Shell or ExxonMobil, which are easier to find but more expensive than state-owned gas stations.

Now, state employees driving for work will be required to fill up at New Jersey's 72 state-owned filling stations.

Officials say it will save New Jersey 77 cents per gallon pumped.

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