NEWARK - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is telling travelers to be prepared to wait when traveling this Christmas — wait in traffic, wait in line and wait to leave.

Port Authority officials anticipate that nearly 2 million people will come through Newark Liberty International Airport alone this holiday season. The agency has added extra customer service representatives to its various facilities around the area to help make traveling less stressful.

Many New Jersey residents chose to leave Monday to travel for holidays, in the hopes of avoiding some of the crowds

“I think it’s going to be jam-packed Wednesday and Thursday,” says Clifton resident Judith Jules. “So I decided to leave early so I can avoid the traffic.”

The Transportation Security Administration has also beefed up security around airports in anticipation of the crowds this week.