TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices have again increased in New Jersey and around the nation but at a slower rate than in the last few weeks. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.54, up two cents from a week ago.

Drivers were paying an average of $2.61 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.39, also up two cents from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $2.54 a gallon a year ago at this time.

Analysts say continued higher crude oil prices could also mean continued higher prices at the pump for motorists who usually see a drop during the winter months.

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