PATERSON, NJ - Fears of unrest in the Middle East have sent crude oil prices rising and as a result New Jersey motorists are seeing sharply higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey, according to a story on

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of regular gasoline on Friday was $3.14, up 10 cents from last week.

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That's also much higher than a year ago, when New Jersey motorists were paying $2.55.

Meanwhile, the national average price rose to $3.29, up 13 cents from last week. That's also much higher than the national average from a year ago, which was $2.69.