NJ sees record demand for inauguration tickets

November 16, 2008 8:21:02 AM PST
Lawmakers in New Jersey are seeing an unprecedented demand for tickets to the Jan. 20 inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. The only official way to score one of the 240,000 free tickets to the event is through a local congressional office, although reports of ticket scalping are on the rise.

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez say they've received about 60,000 requests so far for the several hundred tickets they're expected to receive.

Representatives from around the state - even in New Jersey's Republican-leaning counties - are also reporting thousands of ticket requests with two months to go before the event.

Several New Jersey politicians say demand for tickets already far outstrips supply and they haven't yet decided how tickets will be allocated.

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