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Trump brings 2024 campaign to the Jersey Shore • Pennsylvania Capital-Star
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WILDWOOD, NJ — The Backyard State just isn’t usually within the nationwide highlight for a presidential election, however former President Donald Trump introduced his marketing campaign right here on Saturday, holding a rally on a South Jersey seashore not removed from Pennsylvania.

“As you may see, at this time, we’re increasing the electoral maps as a result of we’re going to formally play within the state of New Jersey. We’re going to win the state of New Jersey,” Trump instructed the gang, standing on a stage earlier than a backdrop of carnival rides. “Hundreds of thousands of individuals in so-called blue states are becoming a member of our motion based mostly on love, intelligence and a factor referred to as widespread sense.”

Trump started Saturday’s rally greater than an hour after his scheduled 5 p.m. begin time, and spoke for about 90 minutes. Throughout his remarks, he touched on acquainted subjects, like his hush-money trial in New York, the place this week grownup movie star Stormy Daniels testified about an alleged sexual encounter, which Trump has denied.  He additionally repeated unfounded claims that the 2020 election was “rigged.”

Trump made a number of native references as properly; he invited New Jersey GOP U.S. Rep. Jeff Van Drew on stage, calling him a “star,” and took a number of jabs at former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and present Gov. Phil Murphy. He additionally mentioned he would “stand as much as radical Marxist DAs” like Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s district lawyer, who has been the goal of serious ire from Pennsylvania’s GOP.

U.S. Congressman Jeff Van Drew speaks throughout former President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign rally on the seashore in Wildwood, Saturday, Could 11, 2024. (Picture by Tim Hawk)

A bit of over one mile away from Trump’s speech, TalkRadio 1210 WPHT Philadelphia, a conservative discuss radio station, hosted a watch occasion at Mulligan’s Shore Bar and Grill. Wealthy Zeoli, afternoon host on the station, mentioned that the gang of about 200 folks was evenly cut up between New Jersey and Pennsylvania residents.

He mentioned Trump’s feedback referring to the economic system acquired probably the most constructive response.

“I feel when he talked about grocery costs, when he talked in regards to the worth of meals, I feel the economic system remains to be the difficulty, I actually do, greater than something,” Zeoli instructed the Capital-Star. “It’s going to be the difficulty that drives all people.”

He added that Trump’s feedback bashing wind generators additionally drew a really constructive response from the gang, saying it’s an energy-related concern that’s related to each New Jersey residents and Pennsylvanians who trip within the space.

Though Trump at occasions went via his ordinary stump speech, he made a number of references that he hasn’t at previous rallies within the Keystone State:

  • Trump has criticized mail-in voting over the previous few years, however urged these in attendance to embrace it, despite the fact that he nonetheless referred to it as “corrupt.” Trump mentioned “election season” begins on September 16 as a result of early voting, however added if he wins a second time period, he needs to have at some point of voting with paper ballots, proof of citizenship, and voter ID.
  • Throughout Trump’s most up-to-date go to in Pennsylvania one month in the past, he made no point out of abortion. On Saturday, he thanked the six Supreme Courtroom justices — three of whom he appointed — who dominated on the Dobbs choice that overturned Roe v. Wade. He described abortion as a “very divided concern,” however mentioned the choice to go away it again to the states is the proper choice.
  • Trump has usually criticized Biden over his administration’s financial insurance policies, however spent a substantial amount of time driving dwelling the difficulty on Saturday. “On day one we are going to throw out Bidenomics and reinstate MAGAnomics,” he mentioned. Trump additionally took concern with Biden’s dedication to phasing out the 2017 tax reform laws that was signed throughout his administration. Biden has hit Trump over this coverage on the marketing campaign path in Pennsylvania.
  • A graduate of the College of Pennsylvania, Trump bemoaned what he referred to as “riots” at his alma mater. On Friday morning, Philadelphia police disbanded a two-week lengthy encampment of pro-Palestinian protesters. Though Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro referred to as for the disbandment and mentioned the scenario was “uncontrolled,” there have been no reviews of riots on the college.

With lower than six months till the final election, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have made quite a few visits to Pennsylvania. Over the previous a number of weeks, Trump has largely been sidelined from campaigning by the trial in New York. 

Saturday was Trump’s first rally in New Jersey in 2024, however he’s campaigned within the state in earlier cycles. In January 2020, Trump held a rally in Wildwood’s Conference Middle and blasted Democrats for his or her effort to question him.  

Carrying New Jersey just isn’t probably for Trump, in keeping with nationwide shops just like the Cook dinner Political Report which charges the state as “stable Democratic.” New Jersey has not voted for a Republican candidate for president since 1988 and Trump misplaced the state by double digits each occasions he was his occasion’s nominee for president. 

Former President Donald Trump speaks throughout his marketing campaign rally on the seashore in Wildwood, Saturday, Could 11, 2024. Picture by Tim Hawk

Nonetheless, an Emerson Faculty ballot matching Biden and Trump in opposition to one another performed in late March confirmed Biden solely main Trump by 7 factors in New Jersey, whereas 15% of these polled had been undecided. Biden led Trump by 5 factors when that ballot included third occasion candidates like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jill Stein, and Cornel West. It stays to be seen which third-party candidates will make the poll in New Jersey. 

Even when New Jersey just isn’t on the radar of most pundits for the election, Wildwood is a well-liked vacation spot for vacationers within the Philadelphia area and Trump’s rally will appeal to these from the essential Keystone State and media protection from the market. 

Zeoli instructed the Capital-Star that he thinks it was a strategic transfer to carry the rally on the Jersey shore to be able to embrace a number of media markets. He added the placement might also have been a approach for Trump to thank Van Drew, who switched events in the course of the earlier election cycle and backed Trump’s candidacy.

Trump’s most up-to-date look in Pennsylvania was on April 13 when he attended a fundraiser in Bucks County and held a rally in purple Lehigh Valley. He’s visited Pennsylvania thrice in 2024, together with a shock Philadelphia look at Sneaker Con in February.

Over the previous week, Trump has held interviews with media shops within the Pennsylvania and New Jersey markets, together with a tv interview with Harrisburg-based WGAL and radio interviews with TalkRadio 1210 WPHT Philadelphia and New Jersey 101.5.

Trump acquired some promising numbers this week in Pennsylvania with polling performed by AARP Pennsylvania and Muhlenberg Faculty exhibiting him with a slight lead over Biden, whereas U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) holds his benefit over Republican challenger David McCormick. 

Biden has visited Pennsylvania thrice since Trump’s most up-to-date look within the state, with marketing campaign occasions in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton, bringing the president’s whole variety of 2024 journeys to the Keystone State to seven.

On Wednesday, Harris held a marketing campaign occasion within the Philadelphia suburbs the place she was joined by actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph to debate abortion and reproductive rights. 

‘We’ve obtained to have these conversations out loud’: VP Harris talks abortion in Pennsylvania

As of late April, Biden’s marketing campaign has opened 24 coordinated marketing campaign workplaces throughout Pennsylvania, together with in purple areas like York and Lancaster. Trump doesn’t seem to have any Pennsylvania marketing campaign workplaces open but, though his marketing campaign management has lately mentioned it prefers to run a “leaner” operation than in previous campaigns.

Forward of Trump’s Saturday go to, the Biden marketing campaign held a name with reporters Friday, that includes New Jersey Democratic Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill. She blasted Trump’s enterprise document in New Jersey

“I think that when Trump holds that rally in Wildwood, you will note lots of people coming from outdoors our state as a result of right here inside our state, we all know that Trump filed for chapter 5 occasions,” Sherrill mentioned. “That he actually undermined the financial viability of Atlantic Metropolis, that he didn’t pay staff, he didn’t pay contractors, he had small companies going out of enterprise due to his failed guarantees.”

And if there was any doubt the viewers was largely from Philadelphia and its surrounding counties, it was most notable when Trump welcomed former New York Giants Lawrence Taylor and Ottis Anderson on the rally. A number of “E-A-G-L-E-S” Eagles chants broke out within the crowd whereas the previous gamers had been onstage.

Replace: This story was up to date at 8:30 p.m. Could 11, 2024 with particulars from the rally, and once more at 10:44 p.m. 

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