Trump Discussing Moving to New Jersey Golf Club for Summer
(Bloomberg) -- Three months after leaving the White House for Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump is discussing plans to swap Florida for New Jersey for a few months.
The former U.S. president would spend the summer at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, though plans have not been finalized, according to a person familiar with his thinking.
The club, about an hour’s drive from Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan, advertises itself as “the perfect destination for families seeking privacy and exclusivity.” Years ago, Trump himself picked the main clubhouse’s chandeliers and enormous urns in the men’s locker room.
The Trumps have also built several private cottages on the property.
The former President has stayed almost exclusively at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach since leaving office, receiving ovations from members and welcoming Republicans eager for his endorsement.
The club in turn has become a magnet for politicians and operatives -- hosting fundraisers including a banquet for the Republican National Committee and a luncheon for Florida senator Marco Rubio. Trump occasionally speaks at events, his popularity still strong among Republicans even after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier this year.
The Trump National Golf Club Bedminster was slated to host the PGA Championship in 2022, something that had been planned even before Trump won the 2016 election, but PGA of America’s board decided to cancel after the violence in the Capitol.
The New Jersey club is one of Trump’s biggest sources of golf revenue, bringing in $14.7 million in 2020 and the first 20 days of 2021, according to financial disclosures. That compares to $13.3 million at the West Palm Beach golf course near Mar-a-Lago.
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