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NJ: Not great for road trips, report finds [AUDIO]

School is letting out, and many families are itching to hit the road, but New Jersey isn’t even close to the best spot for a road trip, according to a new report.

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Using 21 key metrics, WalletHub made a list of the best and worst states for summer road trips, and New Jersey did not have a pleasant showing.

“New Jersey came in 41st overall,” said John Kiernan, a senior analyst with the report.

The Garden State was weighed down the most by the category of “Fun & Scenic Attractions.” Taking into account scenic byways, nightlife options and other factors, only one state fared worse than New Jersey.

“In terms of driving and accommodation costs, New Jersey came in 32nd,” Kiernan added. “On the one hand, New Jersey’s average gas prices for 2014 ranked fairly low…but then you also have the highest average cost of car repairs.”

In the same category, New Jersey lost points for lodging costs, ranking in the bottom half of states for rates at a three-star hotel.

The state ranked surprisingly high for traffic conditions and safety. New Jersey came in 10th place based on the average temperature between July 1 and August 31, and how it compares to ideal conditions.

Kiernan noted, though, everyone has a different opinion on what makes a great road trip.

“It really all depends on where you’re starting from and what you want to get out of your vacation,” he said.

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