AAA: Expect Gas Prices to Go Down by End of Month

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South Jersey motorists may have noticed they’ve been paying more at the pump than usual over the last week.

“Usually filling up my tank, I’ll probably pay like $23, if that,” said Alexis Brown, of Berlin. “Now it’s like $30. It’s [only] a couple dollars, but it’s still more expensive than usual.” 

For Camden County resident Brown, those soaring numbers at the pump have been hurting her wallet during her daily commute up to Hamilton, N.J.

“The transportation back and forth is starting to pile up the money,” said Brown.

It all started with Hurricane Harvey down in the Texas area that took out a bunch of refineries,” said Rich Bradley, public affairs specialist for AAA South Jersey. “And then that impacted the continental pipeline, which supplies gas to the Northeast region of the country.” 

Between Hurricane Harvey and the gas tax that was implemented in New Jersey earlier this year, prices this fall have been higher than normal. 

With the limited supply coming out of the Texas area, drivers in the mid-Atlantic region have been forced to fork over more cash and credit to fill their tanks.

“We have five refineries back and six more are supposed to start up, with five still offline," said Bradley. "So when the pipeline literally starts filling up again, gas prices should come down.” 

Gas Prices on the Rise in New Jersey 

According to AAA, the average gas price is $2.72 per gallon and at one gas station, located on Evesham Road in Voorhees, their price is slightly lower at $2.63 per gallon. 

But a few South Jersey residents said that the spike in gas prices has not affected their daily commute.

“[The gas prices] fluctuate so much," said Krystle Lewis of Stratford. "It’s nice when it’s low and I just get excited when I don’t have to pay a lot. And then if I do have too [pay more] — it is what it is.”

Between Hurricane Harvey and the gas tax that was implemented in New Jersey earlier this year, Bradley said prices this fall have been higher than normal. 

But with the winter blend gasoline conversion taking place later this month, he said prices should return to normal by the end of October.

“What we’ve seen is prices have leveled off over the last five days and there has been no increase,” said Bradley. “Locally, there has been no increase for about seven days now." 

Which hopefully means South Jersey residents will soon get to keep more money in their pockets by spending less at the pump.

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