AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey gas prices still rising

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 $2.19, up 8 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.37.

This marks the fourth straight week that prices have risen in New Jersey, following several weeks of sharp price declines.

The national average price on Friday was $2.37, up 9 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.44.

Analysts say the higher gas prices are spurred by rebounding crude oil prices and ongoing maintenance work at refineries, which results in decreased production.

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