AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey gas prices rise sharply

Motorists are seeing 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 $1.65, up 8 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.27.

The national average price on Friday was $1.87, up 6 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.45.

Analysts say gas prices may continue to rise in the coming weeks, as refineries continue their annual maintenance. Some refineries also have cut production due to abundant supplies of gasoline.

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