Drivers head home from Memorial Day destinations

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New Jersey drivers made their rain-soaked treks home Monday from their Memorial Day weekend destinations.

Mike Parvez and his two kids took a break at the Cheesequake Rest Area in South Amboy while heading home to Queens, New York from Atlantic City. While normally a 2 1/2-hour drive, Parvez said it was taking double that.

Earlier in the day, along the Garden State Parkway in Wall Township, southbound traffic appeared fine. The northbound side, however, was a slow-go with break lights aplenty, though there were a few patches of smooth sailing.

Many drivers said the poor conditions likely worsened traffic as the rain caused some to head home earlier than planned.

As a result of the traffic influx, rest stops along the Parkway were filled more than usual.

AAA had estimated that nearly 900,000 New Jersey residents would drive to a holiday destination.

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