AAA predicts fewer Labor Day travelers in NJ

HAMILTON, N.J. (AP) - August 26, 2008 This is the first time in a decade that the auto club has predicted fewer travelers for each of the summer season's holidays. But AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman David Weinstein says more than 10 percent of the state's population still plan to travel.

AAA's forecast shows about 882,000 New Jerseyans will travel 50 miles or more from home. That's down half a percent from 2007.

Most will use motor vehicles. Slightly more than 78,000 will fly.

Higher gasoline prices and airline fares, along with economic uncertainty, are cited as the reasons why more people are staying closer to home.

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