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The Return to the Jersey Shore

Slight increase in holiday traffic expected

Friday, May 23, 2014  |  Updated 9:46 AM EDT
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NBC10's Jesse Gary reports from Wildwood N.J.'s boardwalk with details on where and why so many people from our area are expected to get away for Memorial Day weekend.

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NBC10's Jesse Gary reports from Wildwood N.J.'s boardwalk with details on where and why so many people from our area are expected to get away for Memorial Day weekend.

New Jersey is hoping winter-weary visitors are ready for some surf and sand as the Memorial Day holiday launches the summer tourism season.

Forecasters are predicting a somewhat wet start to the Memorial Day holiday weekend across the state before sunshine edges out the isolated showers by Sunday.

AAA-Mid-Atlantic is predicting a slight increase in traffic over the holiday weekend, with approximately 944,000 residents traveling 50 miles or more.

The auto club says the average price for gasoline in the state is $3.50 a gallon, up from $3.41 this time last year.

NJ Transit is offering early train service out of New York City beginning at 1 p.m. Friday.

Tourism is New Jersey's 5th largest industry, generating 7 percent of the state's economy in 2013.

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