TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Gas prices have jumped in New Jersey and around the nation as states move to reopen and Americans hit the road again following restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.08, up a nickel from a week ago.

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Drivers were paying $2.80 a gallon at this time last year.

The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.09, up almost a dime in the last week. The national average was $2.72 at this time a year ago.

Analysts say drivers will see prices at the pump increase as crude oil prices and demand for gasoline rises, which is typical during the summer driving season – but they expect gas prices to be cheaper than they were last summer.

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