Motorists are seeing sharply higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

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AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in New Jersey on Friday was $3.42, up 7 cents from last week. But that's still lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.46.

Meanwhile, the national average price also rose by 7 cents to $3.55. That's also much higher than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.38.

Analysts say gas prices could continue to rise in coming weeks, as the summer driving season heats up and consumer demand grows higher. Crude oil prices have also been rising, and analysts are concerned about unrest in Egypt and north Africa.

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