- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

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 $2.09, up 5 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.51.

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

The national average price on Friday was $2.22, up 2 cents from last week. But that’s still much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.64.

Analysts say gas prices are rising due higher oil prices and strong demand for gas.

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