TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices ticked up again in New Jersey and also increased around the nation as a whole as Gulf Coast refineries remain shuttered following recent storms.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.22, up a penny from a week ago. Drivers were paying an average of $2.20 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.19 up two cents from last week. Drivers were paying $2.18 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.

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Analysts say gas prices tend to decrease at this time of year because of switch to winter-blend fuels, but the storms’ impacts are expected to keep prices higher than normal despite demand decreases.

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