Thousands of New Jersey women head Washington for Women’s March inaugural protest

Thousands of women will head to Washington D.C. from New Jersey to participate in the Women's March.

Thousands of women will head to Washington D.C. from New Jersey to participate in the Women's March. (1/18/17)

EDISON - Tens of thousands of marchers from New Jersey are heading to Washington, D.C. this weekend to rally in support of women and to protest President-elect Donald Trump.

Dena Jaborska and her 9-year-old daughter Olivia will travel to Washington for the march. Olivia made a sign that says “Hands off our rights” and “Go women.”

“She’s going to get a really strong message that all the women in her life are ready to stand up and do what’s right and make a statement,” Jaborska says.

Protesters from around the United States are preparing for Saturday’s march after Trump’s inauguration ceremony. Marchers from New Jersey say they plan to wear flowers in their hair to identify themselves.

Jaborska, director of organizing at New Jersey Citizen Action, says more than 700 people in 13 buses are heading to the march in her group - and that's out of more than 200 buses coming from New Jersey.

“Just by the bus registrations alone… there are many times more buses heading to D.C. the day after than the day of the inauguration,” Jaborska says. “For sure there's going to be a much bigger crowd the day after.”

But thousands of supporters for the president-elect will also be traveling to Washington, including motorcycle clubs which plan to make a human wall against the protests.

“They want to protest, they can do it over there,” says Bikers for Trump coordinator Stick Keiner. “They have the right to do that, but the deal is, we have the right to stand firm and step up to the plate to show our support.

The National Park Service says nearly 400,000 demonstrators are expected in Washington for the inauguration.

A women’s march is scheduled for Saturday in Trenton to coincide with the main march in Washington.

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