- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

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 gas in the state on Friday was $2.27, up 8 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.39.

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

The national average price on Friday was $2.46, up 9 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.47.

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



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