About 31,000 fewer New Jersey residents will travel for the Memorial Day holiday weekend in 2009 than 2008, a decrease of just more than three percent, AAA Mid-Atlantic projects.
AAA projects that 926,000 Garden State residents will travel more than 50 miles from home for this year's Memorial Day holiday.
The total number of New Jersey residents who will travel for the 2009 Memorial Day holiday accounts for about 10.5 % of the state's more-than 8.7 million residents, AAA's forecast shows.
"Financial uncertainty is what's keeping more people from traveling," AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman David Weinstein said. "Even so, gas prices remain well below last year's and more than three-quarters of a million people will hit the state's roads this weekend. That's a lot of motorists. Congestion is a given."
The fact that New Jersey has one of the nation's lowest gas prices is good news for the vast majority of projected holiday travelers.
At $2.20, New Jersey's average gallon of regular serve is $1.48 cheaper than one year ago today.
"The high water mark should be no more than $2.50 per gallon this summer nationally and the Jersey gallon is typically 10 to 15 cents cheaper than the national average," Weinstein said. "These prices continue to be a silver lining."
ā ANDY LAGOMARSINO, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM