AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey gas prices rise sharply

Motorists continue to see sharply higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $1.85, up 5 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.16.

This marks the fifth straight week that pump prices have risen in New Jersey.

The national average price on Friday was $2.06, up 3 cents from last week. But that’s still lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.14.

Analysts say gas prices may continue to rise in the coming weeks, as some refineries continue their annual maintenance and demand for gas continues to increases.

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