Gas prices around the nation were stable going into the Labor Day weekend and the end of the summer driving season.
AAA Mid-Atlantic says the national average price of regular gas Friday was $2.84 a gallon, unchanged from the previous week. The national average a year ago was $2.45 a gallon.
The average price in New Jersey was $2.86, also unchanged from the previous week. Motorists were paying $2.46 for gas in New Jersey at this time last year.
Analysts say cheaper-to-produce gasoline and relatively stable crude oil prices combined with an anticipated drop in demand should mean lower prices in the coming weeks.