TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — 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 gasoline in New Jersey on Friday was $3.63, up 6 cents from last week. That’s also higher than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.54.
Meanwhile, the national average price rose 14 cents to $3.78. That’s also higher than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.61.
Analysts say the higher gas prices are mainly due to the trend of refineries across the U.S. performing seasonal maintenance and making the switch-over to summer blend gasoline production earlier than normal.
Rising crude oil prices have also played a role, though oil prices have eased in recent days.