NEW JERSEY — Gas prices are trending upward at the close of 2016, with the average price for a gallon of gas increasing four cents nationally and five cents in New Jersey, according to AAA’s December 27th survey of gas prices.

In New Jersey, motorists are paying an average of $2.38, five cents more than a week ago. A year ago, before the 23-cent gas tax was passed, the price was $1.85. In 2015, New Jersey had the nation's second lowest price for gas. Around the region, the average price for a gallon of regular gas has increased by three cents all three surrounding states — from $2.38 to $2.41 in Connecticut and from $2.44 to $2.47 in New York and Pennsylvania. AAA found the national average price for a gallon of gas to be $2.29. 

South Carolina currently has the nation's lowest gas price at $2.04, while Hawaii has the highest price at $2.97 per gallon.

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The AAA Gas Prices website is your resource for up-to-date fuel price information. Search average gas prices by Regular, Plus, Premium and Diesel on National and State levels, as well as Metro areas.

AAA Northeast in New Jersey provides automotive, travel, insurance, financial and educational services to its nearly 400,000 members in Essex, Morris and Union Counties.