A report from AAA released earlier this week shows that the average price at the pump today in New Jersey is down two cents to $2.87 from last week ($2.89), according to AAA Northeast’s weekly survey of fuel prices. Today’s average price is three cents lower than a month ago ($2.90), but still 49 cents higher than last year ($2.38). New Jersey’s average price is four cents higher than the national average but continues to be the lowest among neighboring states.

AAA’s August 20th survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be $2.83, down two cents from last week ($2.85). The national average price today is the same as one month ago, but 50 cents higher than a year ago ($2.33).

“Compared to July, consumer demand for gasoline is lessening and prices are starting to follow suit,” said Robert Sinclair Jr., Manager of Media Relations for AAA Northeast. “The national average is expected to keep moving lower, especially with the switchover to lower grade gasoline in September.”

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Around the region, gas prices were on the decline as well. Drivers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania are paying an average of $3.04, down two cents($3.06) and one cent ($3.05) from last week, respectively. New York’s average gas price dipped below the $3/gallon mark to $2.99 for the first time since May 13, 2018. On the top 10 list of most expensive states to buy gas, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New York remained at 9th, 10th and 12th, while New Jersey dropped one spot to 20th.

 

Region

 

Current Price*

 

One Week Ago

 

One Month Ago

 

One Year Ago

 

New Jersey

 

$2.87

 

$2.89

 

$2.90

 

$2.38

 

Connecticut

 

$3.04

 

$3.06

 

$3.07

 

$2.47

 

New York

 

$2.99

 

$3.00

 

$3.00

 

$2.47

 

Pennsylvania

 

$3.04

 

$3.05

 

$3.03

 

$2.54

 

*Current prices reflect August 20, 2018.

Top 5 States - Least Expensive

 

Top 5 States – Most Expensive

 

South Carolina

 

$2.53

 

Hawaii

 

$3.75

 

Alabama

 

$2.54

 

California

 

$3.59

 

Mississippi

 

$2.55

 

Washington

 

$3.37

 

Arkansas

 

$2.57

 

Alaska

 

$3.33

 

Oklahoma

 

$2.59

 

Oregon

 

$3.24