Gov. Chris Christie says he expects life to return to normal Monday for most of New Jersey.

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He says he may lift the gasoline rationing system in place in 12 counties by early next week. He says the rationing has worked and lines at the pump have become rare.

He also says that the evacuation of most of Long Beach Island will end at 6 a.m. Saturday, allowing residents to return and stay in their homes if they are inhabitable. Residents of the community of Holgate will not be allowed back.

And nearly everyone will have power restored by midnight Saturday.

Eighty percent of schools were able to be opened by Friday and he says even more will be ready on Monday.

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