Gas prices are continue to surge throughout South Jersey, just like the rest of the country. Prices have risen 15 cents in the past week and are 12 cents above the same time last year. The latest state average for gas prices came in at $3.54 a gallon. The ascent of gas prices seems to be coming earlier this year than in the past and has shocked many drivers in the area. Early predictions from analysts was that prices would be lower on average for the year this year than last.