TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices have increased to pre-pandemic levels in New Jersey and around the nation. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.52, up eight cents from a week ago.

Drivers were paying an average of $2.63 a gallon a year ago at this time. The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.37, up seven cents from last week.

Drivers were paying an average of $2.57 a gallon a year ago at this time.