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 $2.00, up 8 cents from last week. But that’s still lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.26.

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

The national average price on Friday was $2.21, up 7 cents from last week. But that’s still lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.56.

Analysts say the higher fuel prices are due to rising crude oil prices.

But they also note that gas supplies remain high and prices could fall once the summer driving season ends.

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