Locals eager to see historic inauguration

While hundreds are heading out of the Garden State and to Washington, D.C. to be among the millions of spectators at the Obama inauguration, many more will watch it from the sidelines in New Jersey.

News 12 Staff

Jan 20, 2009, 4:46 AM

Updated 5,659 days ago

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While hundreds are heading out of the Garden State and to Washington, D.C. to be among the millions of spectators at the Obama inauguration, many more will watch it from the sidelines in New Jersey.
More than 350 people who hail from the Newark-based People's Organization for Progress, will board seven buses at 3 a.m. Tuesday morning. They're preparing for the traffic, security and crowds that are all expected to slow their drive to Washington, D.C.
"My main concern is that we leave on time, arrive on time, bring everyone back from Washington that we took to Washington and get back on time," says Lawrence Hamm, a member of People's Organization for Progress.
At the Holiday Inn in Edison, the stage is being set for inauguration day ? and night ? festivities. The hotel will show the events on a big screen, and it expects a thousand people to watch, including Gov. Jon Corzine.
?We're expecting 3 million people in Washington,? says Maureen Archibald, one of the event's organizers. ?But certainly a thousand people can get together in New Jersey to celebrate the big moment.?
Other residents will copy Obama himself by riding the rails down to the capital. Yvette Luxenberg, of Newark, can't wait to make the trip.
"I'm really excited," Luxenberg says. "As soon as I walked from my apartment to the station, I just started smiling to myself because I am so excited."
While Tuesday may be historic, those who don't have a ticket by now will have to experience the event from home as Washington will essentially go into a security lockdown with limited access in and out of the city.
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