Rising crude oil costs spike N.J. gas prices

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — 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 $2.25, up 7 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.42.

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

The national average price on Friday was $2.43, up 3 cents from last week. But that’s also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.66.

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