Fewer New Jerseyans to travel over holiday season

TRENTON, N.J. - December 21, 2009

AAA Mid-Atlantic says slightly more than 2 million people - nearly a quarter of the state's population - will travel at least 50 miles from home for the holidays. That's down 2.6 percent from last year, a drop the auto club blames on the struggling economy.

AAA says 88 percent of travelers will go by auto, while just 5 percent will take an airplane. Its holiday season starts Wednesday and concludes Jan. 3.

Nationally, AAA expects 87.7 million people will travel at least 50 miles from home this holiday season, a 3.8 percent rise from last year.

But in the Mid-Atlantic region - New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania - such travel will be down 2.4 percent from 2008.

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