With the lockdown in the rearview mirror and the windshield wiped clean of dust, grime and squashed bugs, New Jerseyans — like many Americans — are eager to hit the highway for some summer fun. They’re going to have to dig a bit deeper in their pockets to pay for their travels, though: As of Thursday, the average price for a gallon of gas in New Jersey was $3.16, according to the AAA. That’s up from $2.17 a year ago. And the price at the pump in the Garden State is already two cents per gallon higher than the national average of $3.14.
The national gas-price average has climbed 40% since the start of the year, when it was $2.25. That’s not the worst of it: Motorists can expect to see gas prices increase 10 cents to 20 cents per gallon through the end of August, bringing the national average well above $3.25 per gallon.
Does the word “staycation” have a familiar ring?