Gas prices rise for Labor Day weekend

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September 3, 2011 8:01:41 AM PDT
Motorists are seeing sharply higher prices at the pumps in New Jersey.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of regular gasoline in New Jersey on Friday was $3.56, up 7 cents from last week. That's also much higher than it was a year ago, when motorists were paying $2.51.

Meanwhile, the national average price rose for the first time in four weeks, going up 6 cents to $3.65. That's also much higher than the national average from a year ago, which was $2.68.

The rising pump prices come as roughly 27.3 million Americans - including 828,000 New Jersey residents - take to the roads for the Labor Day holiday weekend.