TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices in New Jersey have ticked down a notch as prices at the pump remained stable across the nation as a whole.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas Friday in New Jersey was $2.90, down a penny from last week. Motorists were paying $2.42 for gas in New Jersey at this time last year.

The national average gas price Friday was $2.87 a gallon, unchanged from last week. The national average a year ago was $2.36 a gallon.

Analysts say gas prices may remain volatile, but declines in both demand and crude oil prices may provide a short-term benefit to last-minute summer road trippers.