TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices are continuing their unseasonal rise in New Jersey and across the nation and remain more than $1 per gallon higher than they were a year ago.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $3.25, up three cents from a week ago. Drivers were paying an average of $2.28 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.26, up seven cents from last week. Drivers were paying $2.19 a gallon on average a year ago at this time.

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Analysts say the price rise in New Jersey comes despite a recent drop in the gas tax. They say crude prices nearing $80 per barrel are the main culprit keeping prices high at a time that usually sees a decline due to reduced demand following the summer driving season.

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