TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices went up again in New Jersey and around the nation at large due to higher crude oil prices and a slight increase in demand. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.65, up seven cents from a week ago.

Drivers were paying an average of $2.49 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.50, up five cents from last week. Drivers were also paying an average of $2.42 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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Analysts expect crude and pump prices to keep going up “as crude inventories continue to drop and utilization increases.”

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