- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Motorists traveling this Memorial Day weekend will find gas prices that have risen for the first time in weeks.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says rising demand and crude oil prices likely are pushing prices higher.

New Jersey’s average this week is $2.40, up 4 cents from a week ago and up 26 cents from a year ago.

Nationally, a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.37, up 2 cents from a week ago and 6 cents higher than a year ago.

New Jersey’s average reflects a 23-cent hike in the state gas tax last fall.

AAA Mid-Atlantic estimates close to 35 million Americans will hit the road this weekend, 2.4 percent more than last year and the highest number in 12 years.

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