Motorists are seeing sharply higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.43. That's up 7 cents from last week.
Motorists were paying $1.92 for gas at this time last year. A 23-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase went into effect Nov. 1.
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This marks the fourth straight week that gas prices have risen in New Jersey.
The national average gas price on Friday was $2.34, up 4 cents from last week. That's higher than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.11.
AAA says the sharp pump price increases are mostly due to increased demand for gas as more people head out on vacation and tighter supplies of fuel.