N.J. auto insurance rates fall, still highest in U.S.

    The latest data are for 2007 and shows a 9.6% decline in automobile insurance premiums in the Garden State from the high of 2004.

    Auto insurance premiums in New Jersey are down for a third straight year.

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    The latest data are for 2007 and shows a 9.6% decline in automobile insurance premiums in the Garden State from the high of 2004.

    Assembly Insurance Committee Chairman Gary Schaer says reforms approved six years ago have created a more competitive environment.

    Schaer: By creating a level playing field, by encouraging companies to come in, we’ve seen a good decline in our rates. New Jersey unfortunately is still the highest of all states when it comes to rates but only by a little bit.

    The average rate paid by New Jersey drivers is about $1100 dollars. State Insurance Department officials say more coverage in policies and the higher risk of driving in a densely populated state limit just how much auto insurance costs will fall.

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