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High Gas Prices Not Likely to Put Brakes on N.J. Thanksgiving Travel

Rising gas prices won’t be stopping New Jersey residents from traveling this Thanksgiving, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.Rising gas prices won’t be stopping New Jersey residents from traveling this Thanksgiving, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The auto association estimates that 521,400 New Jerseyans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home during the holiday, a 4.3 percent increase from Thanksgiving 2006.

About 374,100 of those travelers will be using an automobile or other vehicle and will pay an average of $2.91 for a gallon of regular gas, compared to $2.05 a gallon during Thanksgiving 2006 and $2.01 a gallon during Thanksgiving 2005.

Nationwide, 38.7 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving, up 1.5 percent from 2006, according to an annual AAA holiday survey. 80 percent of those travelers will be using a car, truck or RV, says AAA.