AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey gas prices for Memorial Day weekend lower than 2014 holiday

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TRENTON, New Jersey — Motorists hitting the road this Memorial Day weekend are seeing lower prices than a year ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says that while the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.53, up 2 cents from last week, prices are down from a year ago. Drivers in New Jersey paid $3.50 for a gallon of regular gas in 2014.

The national average Friday was $2.74, up 5 cents from last week. That's also lower than the national average from a year ago, when drivers paid $3.65.

New Jersey travel for this weekend is expected to be up almost 5 percent over last year. AAA Mid-Atlantic says that's a 10-year high in travel volume and it's likely fueled by the drop in gas prices.

"After what sometimes felt like the longest winter on record, people are ready for the unofficial start of summer this weekend," said Tracy E. Noble, a AAA Mid-Atlantic manager.

About 37 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from their homes this holiday weekend. Nationally, that's also about 5 percent increase over last year, the AAA said.

The cheapest area in New Jersey to get a gallon of regular gas, as tracked by the AAA, is Burlington County at $2.47; the priciest is Trenton at $2.57.

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