Gas prices up for July 4th holiday

Gasoline prices continue to creep upward in New Jersey as the July 4th holiday approaches.

Prices are up for the second week in a row, to an average of $2.61 for a gallon of regular. That's below the national average of $2.75, but still nine cents higher than a year ago.

More motorists are hitting the road for the holiday, creating higher demand that is translating to higher prices at the pump.

The AAA New Jersey Automobile Club estimates 945,000 New Jerseyans will travel by vehicle this weekend. More than 56,000 Garden State natives will travel by airplane, while 69,000 will travel by mass transportation.

AP wires contributed to this report.

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