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Drivers head to New Jersey as gas prices continue to rise

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ - Gas at some stations in Pennsylvania are as high as $3 a gallon for regular gas.

That could mean driving to New Jersey may be a better option for some. Others say they are just waiting for the prices to level out.

The gas lines are long in Texas after the devastating rains of Hurricane Harvey fell on the area. Although the lines may not be long in the Northeast, the effects are being felt due to rising gas prices.

"It shouldn't be raised up because it's here already. It has nothing to do with the hurricane," said Duane Hubbard of Effort, Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, the average price is $2.70 a gallon, and in New Jersey the average is $2.55 a gallon.

"If anybody is getting out of sorts with it, it's pretty ridiculous, but I'm good with it,"said Tom Raffaele of Williams Township.

That's because some say, "look at what the people in Texas are dealing with."

The prices could continue to rise for a couple of weeks.

In a week, gas in Pennsylvania has jumped by 15 cents and gas in New Jersey has increased by 18 cents, but some say they'll make the trip to the Garden State to save money.

"I'm going right by here, I might as well stop here and save 20 cents a gallon," Hubbard said.

The good news is people can expect the prices to level out. Refineries will be back online, and the nation may be in a better position than before.

As for when those prices may go down, AAA estimates by the end of the month. A spokesperson for AAA told 69 News it's getting to a time where refineries switch over to the winter blend of gasoline, in which they have plenty of stock.


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