Rising Gas Prices Taking Toll On Tri-State Area Drivers

NEWARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) — Rising gas prices are taking their toll on drivers across the Tri-state area.

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The national average for a gallon of gas shot up again Thursday to $3.61. So far, that’s a 33 cent spike since the first of the year and it’s 42 cents more than you were paying this time last year.

New Jersey sits slightly below the national average at $3.53, but the cost of gas in the Garden State will go up again on Friday.

A gallon of regular will go up 3 cents at stations on the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike to $3.54 per gallon. Middle grade will hit $3.72 and premium is jumping to $3.83.

In New York and Connecticut, drivers are shelling out an average of $3.89.

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And in many places, it’s already well above the $4 mark, nearly $4.50 at a station along the Hutchinson Parkway.

“It seems like it’s getting out of hand right now,” said driver Tom Salierno.

“I just paid $4.49, hopefully enough to get me to a gas station where they’re a little cheaper on Long Island,” said driver Michael Cacciola.

The skyrocketing prices are threatening to undercut an economic rally and land a punch on President Obama as he gears up for re-election.

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A new AP poll shows 58 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of how he is handling the rising prices at the pump, but he isn’t offering any quick solutions.

“While there are no silver bullets short-term when it comes to gas prices and anybody who says otherwise isn’t telling the truth, I have directed my administration to look for every single area where we can make an impact and help consumers in the months ahead,” Obama said Thursday.

In 2009, gas was priced at only $1.98 a gallon. In 2010, prices rose to $2.97 and then to $3.43 last year.

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  • kafantaris

    Iran faces a delicate issue. On the one hand it wants to show the world all it’s got and put it at ease, while on the other hand it fears that such show ‘n tell will give its enemies a roadmap to bomb it.
    Saddam Hussein faced a similar dilemma ten years ago. Though he wanted the world to know he had nothing to hide, he also wanted to bluff his archenemy Iran into believing Iraq still had WMD.
    Bluffing did not go well for Saddam, and it might not go well for Ahmadinejad.
    But since the price tag for ridding Saddam proved high, maybe we ought to reflect what we are asking of Iran now. On the eve of a threatened attack, we are asking it to take us to the depths of its arsenal and show us all it’s got.
    Such great expectations are a sign we have been talking to our friends too long and are in need of a broader perspective. Exactly when was the last time we asked Pakistan, India, China or Russia to show us their arsenal?
    “But those countries are not advocating the destruction of Israel.”
    True, but Israel is not a thorn on their side either.
    Surely, however, we can see beyond the hyperboles and figure out their underlying purpose. Or have we forgotten that not all Iranians are thrilled with Ahmadinejad?
    He sure hasn’t.
    Nor has he forgotten that that his countrymen hate Israel even more. So he tells them that Israel will be wiped from the face of the earth. Expectantly, this nonsense unites them against a common enemy. It is even a diversion from the misery and isolation brought on by his theocratic regime.
    Quite clever work by Ahmadinejad — and not a rial spent or a bullet fired.
    So why are we letting the crazy talk about destroying Israel get us all worked-up — to the point of turning the world topsy-turvy again.
    Can we not see the desperate attempts of an unpopular regime simply trying to hold on?

  • jerseyjoey

    As much as this hurts to say i do think it’s time to nationalize the oil industry in the USA and take Wall Street and speculations out of the mix, it’s not working and will lead to the collapse of the American way of life. The beginning has already started of the economic fall, most people i talk to including myself have decided to cut back spending on non-essentials, that is bad news for service and retail America and to throw salt in the economic wound buying green has become very popular also, it keeps American money here in our hands.

  • Trooper

    What is the President supposed to do? Get involved in the Markets? Oil/Fuel is a commodity not a utility. If the oil companies quit exporting all of our fuel, maybe we will have enough for domestic consumption, lowering the price. Fuel was the US # 1 export last year.

  • alex fabro

    People are simply going to pay whatever they need to pay for gas and not spend elsewhere. Economy will struggle and back to the same place we started 3 years ago.
    This topic is having big discussions at comunitee.com

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