Inquirer staff writer Sam Wood reports:

Gas prices in the region have become a welcome bright spot in a mighty dour economy.

A gallon of regular dipped below $1.50 this morning at several stations in South Jersey.

The region’s rock-bottom price -- $1.44 – could be found at several Cherry Hill locations: a Lukoil on Route 70 near Georgia Ave; US Gas on N. Kings Highway just off Route 70; and another Lukoil on N. Kings Highway near Church Road, according to

The least expensive in the state can be found in Elmer, Salem County, where gas is selling for $1.39 per gallon at a Gulf station at the intersection of the Bridgeton Pike and Harding Highway.

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