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Trump campaign spending $7,600 to rent Wildwoods Convention Center

President to visit New Jersey to boost new GOP congressman Jeff Van Drew

By David Wildstein, January 08 2020 12:28 pm

Donald Trump’s re-election campaign will pay an estimated $7,600 to rent the Wildwoods Convention Center for his Keep America Great rally on January 28 with Rep. Jeff Van Drew.

Trump was charged the fair market rate for renting the facility, according to a lease agreement obtained by the New Jersey Globe through the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.

The exhibit hall where Trump will hold his rally has a maximum capacity of 7,998, according to the lease.  An additional 1,629 people can be accommodated in their three ballrooms, and 960 more in three meeting rooms.

That sets a limit of 10,587 individuals, including staff and security, under capacities established by the state Department of Consumer Affairs.  The capacity could change, depending upon the size of the stage used by the Trump campaign.

Van Drew announced in December that he was switching parties after voting against Trump’s impeachment.

He is seeking re-election as a Republican and faces three primary opponents.

Van Drew told the New Jersey Globe on Tuesday that he will accompany Trump on Air Force One for his trip to New Jersey.

The campaign will be able to sell merchandise without the convention center taking a percentage.  The convention center has also given permission for the campaign to stream video of the rally online.

The Trump campaign reached out to the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority last Thursday to discuss the president’s New Jersey rally, according to executive director John Siciliano.  The lease was prepared on Friday and signed on Monday.

Trump had initially been set to visit Wildwood on January 23, but the lease document indicates that the date was pushed back.

The lease includes a provision acknowledging that the rally could be cancelled “due to the President’s obligations in relation to a pending or occurred national emergency beyond the control of the tenant.”

If that happens, the convention center would return the rental fee to the campaign, less any costs already incurred.

The campaign will begin to occupy the convention center on January 26 to begin a three-day set-up period.  The full $7,600 will be paid in advance.

Siciliano says his staff will begin meeting with the U.S. Secret Service this week.

Under the terms of the lease, the convention center will pay for janitorial services and utilities.  The campaign will provide insurance and pay a negotiated hourly rate for labor and equipment.

The convention center is owned by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and operated autonomously by the Greater Wildwoods authority.

Trump will be the first presidential candidate to visit Wildwood since Ronald Reagan spoke at the old convention center in 1975, while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination against incumbent Gerald R. Ford.

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