TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Gas prices are still climbing in New Jersey and across the nation, and analysts warn drivers to expect more of the same for another few weeks. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey was $2.76 Friday, up six cents from a week ago and from prices at this time a year ago.

The national average gas price Friday was $2.81 a gallon, up nine cents from last week and higher than the national average of $2.69 a year ago.

Analysts say drivers can expect no relief due to the “triple threat” of higher crude oil prices, continuing refinery maintenance and the switchover to more expensive summer-blend gasoline, which has a lower volatility to limit evaporative emissions that normally increase with warm weather.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

Comments (2)
  1. Michael J. McFadden says:

    In terms of the environment, the health of nondrivers, and the safety of our children (thousands of whom are mangled by Detroit Deathmachines every year), can we ask for a Level Playing Field for drivers and smokers in terms of taxes?

    Wouldn’t that be fair? Even with a calmer presentation?

    Gas currently averages about $2.80 per gallon and is currently taxed (federal/state/local) at between 30 cents and 70 cents per gallon, depending upon where you live. That’s seems to be a rate ranging from 10 to 25% at most. Those taxes are mainly paid by people in the upper half of the tax brackets who own cars — unlike cigarette taxes which are regressive and fall mainly upon lower income people.

    Cigarettes currently sell for a national average of about $6, with packs in cities like New York running around $13 apiece — about $2.50 base price and the rest being a combination of multi-level excise taxes, the MSA “smokers’ tax,” and then state and city sales taxes with the sales taxes being charged as taxes on the other taxes as well as possibly on each other. So, basically between a 100% tax and a 300% tax. (also: while sales taxes always apply to higher level cigarette taxes, I’m not sure if they equally apply to lower level gasoline taxes.

    I believe that putting gasoline on an equal footing would hit gasoline with an additional $1 to $3 per gallon tax, although it could be lowered for parity by lowering the cigarette taxes or perhaps through some recognition of its place as a “progressive” tax that excuses the poorest non-car-owning segment of the population.

    Thoughts?

    – MJM

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