SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Gas prices aren’t the only thing rising over the past few weeks – stress levels are going up just as fast.

Commuters are becoming increasingly frustrated with the high prices at the pump.

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“It’s just a pain,” said Matt Suszko, who commutes from Rockaway, in Queens, to South Orange for school.

“I want to drive less because the more I have to stop for gas, the more my wallet hurts. It’s frustrating.”           

In the past two weeks, New Jersey has seen an average increase of at least nine cents per gallon, taking prices well over half a dollar more per gallon than motorists were paying this time last year.

The situation in Libya is a big reason for such a dramatic increase in price, say experts.

And, with the American economy in a rut, the rising price of gas isn’t helping ease the sting.