NJ residents among thousands at Women's March on Washington

Massive crowds turned out for the Women's March on Washington Saturday, prompting organizers to scrap plans to lead a formal march toward the White House, according to a D.C. official.



Hundreds of thousands from across the country converged on the nation's capital for the march. More than 300 buses made the trip from New Jersey before dawn.



State coordinator Caitlin Wilson was the first to pull the Garden State group together.



"I woke up and there were over 3,000 people that had responded and now it's grown to over 13,000," she says.



Many wore pink hats in reaction to President Donald Trump's recorded comments to Access Hollywood that came out during the campaign.



"This is not for a lot of people, not being able to tolerate the person elected to the highest office in the world who actually bragged about sexually assaulting women," says Jim Matthews, of Brick Township.



A pro-life group protested the march, which took a pro-choice stance that some said was alienating.



"I look at the signs they're carrying...do you see how offensive some of those signs are to us?" says Dave Daubenmire, of Columbus, Ohio. "That's what an open dialogue is all about, (what) free speech is all about, so we just decided to come here and present the other side. I've got three daughters, I've got a wife. I believe women have equal rights."



Officials in Washington, D.C. estimated that Saturday's event attendance was around 500,000 people.


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