JERSEY CITY, NJ – Food vendors were up before the crack of dawn yesterday morning in hopes of getting a new Jersey City food truck license.

Vendors began lining at 4 a.m. outside the city Health Department to get their hands on one of 51 applications, Jersey City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said.

The doors opened at 8 a.m. and by 3:30 p.m. all 51 mobile food vendor license applications had been issued — 15 to companies that already have a license and are planning to open second locations.

A recent audit by the Department of Health and Human Services found that 51 mobile food vendor licenses were no longer being used, so the city is making those available.

“The food truck scene in Jersey City is one of the biggest and most diverse in the country,” Mayor Steve Fulop said last week. “We want to expand that presence even further.”

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