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Gas prices rise in Delaware, South Jersey

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Pump prices in the Mid-Atlantic region remain relatively stable, but the national average has jumped two cents in the last week as power generators begin seasonal refinery maintenance in many areas across the country. 

Maintenance procedures and the switchover to summer-blend gasoline typically cause a jump in prices. Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.31 per gallon, which is two cents higher than a week ago and 50 cents more than the same date last year. 

Delaware’s average price is $2.22 per gallon, a penny higher than last week, and 52 cent higher than this time last year.

Last spring, Delawareans might have crossed the bridge to New Jersey, where state taxes are lower. Since New Jersey hiked its tax to 37.5 cents, however, that’s not an option. Gas in South Jersey is selling for an average of $2.23 a gallon, two cents less than last week, but 71 cents more than this time last year.

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