“It is crazy out here — people scrambling everywhere, cutting in front of people. I have never seen New Jersey like this,” Bethea said.

Numerous reports of confrontation at the stations that were still open surfaced on Twitter and YouTube.

A fistfight broke out Wednesday between customers at the Getty station on Route 59 in Monsey, N.J., the only functioning station in the area, Chiam Tzik, the station’s manager, told Newsday. On Thursday morning, traffic stretched for at least half a mile on both sides of the road.

In New York state, Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano signed an executive order rationing gas to 10 gallons per customer effective immediately.