Friday, December 30, 2016
New Jersey town afflicted with 4 year curse
The Tangerine Shitgibbon owns a golf course in Bedminster NJ. That simple fact will curse the little town with his presence more often than they will want in the near future.
This seat of presidential power is far from Fifth Avenue and its gold-hued Trump Tower, and farther still from Washington and the White House. It sits on a golf course in Bedminster, a rural New Jersey township of just over 8,000 residents, where small farms and crumbling Revolutionary War-era structures abound. This sleepy pocket of the state, where residents boast about their miles of dirt roads, has suddenly found itself in the glare of attention as the home to Mr. Trump’s weekend getaway and the headaches that may come with it.The town residents can probably look forward to quiet winters but they can expect their summers to be hell as he shows up to play golf. And no one yet knows how frequently that will be. One thing is certain, the club will bill the government for every little item possible.
A few days before Christmas, Representative Leonard J. Lance, a Republican who represents the area in Congress, sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch requesting a grant to help Bedminster pay the cost of protecting Mr. Trump when he is at his country club. As Mr. Lance put it, the golf course could become “Camp David North.”
Mr. Trump’s transition team has indicated that he may continue to use the property after he moves into the White House, which will bring new kinds of disruptions to a town where a loose horse or a stranded hay truck is usually the most difficult traffic problem.
“With the highway getting shut down for his motorcade to come in, that’s something we’re not used to,” said Ray Goettel, 22, a truck driver and a captain with the Far Hills-Bedminster Fire Department. For Mr. Goettel and other members of local emergency services, solutions to novel situations — like how to respond to a fire alarm at the golf club when it is cordoned off by security — are still being figured out.
“I don’t know if it’s really hit us yet,” Mr. Goettel said. “People who didn’t know about your town are now like, ‘Oh, that’s the place where Trump is.’ It’s getting the spotlight. That is not what the town is used to.”
Before Mr. Trump’s arrival as president-elect in November, Bedminster was asked to assign most of its 16-person police force to the task of blocking roads and patrolling perimeters, according to Steven E. Parker, the town’s part-time mayor, who also runs a local airport. It was a “hair-on-fire type moment,” the mayor, a Republican, recalled.
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