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Trump is bringing the 2024 campaign to the Jersey Shore

Supporters of the Republican presidential candidate, the former US president Donald Trump holding up signs as they wait for the start of a campaign rally at Wildwood Beach on May 11, 2024 in Wildwood, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

WILDWOOD, NJ — The Garden State isn’t often in the national spotlight during presidential elections, but former President Donald Trump brought his campaign here Saturday and held a rally on a beach in South Jersey, not far from Pennsylvania.

With less than six months until the general election, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have made numerous visits Pennsylvania. Trump has been largely sidelined from his campaign in recent weeks New York City courtroom for his hush money trial. Trump is accused of falsifying company records to cover up payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 following an alleged affair.

Saturday was Trump’s first rally in New Jersey in 2024, but he has campaigned in the state in previous cycles. In January 2020, Trump held a rally at the Wildwood Convention Center and condemned Democrats for their efforts to impeach him.

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Trump is unlikely to take New Jersey with him, according to national media outlets like the Cook political report which rates the state as ‘solidly democratic’. New Jersey has not voted for a Republican candidate for president since 1988, and Trump lost the state by double digits both times he was nominated by his party for president.

However, a Emerson College Poll Comparing Biden and Trump at the end of March, it showed that Biden was only 7 points ahead of Trump in New Jersey, while 15% of respondents were undecided. Biden led Trump by five points when that poll included third-party candidates such as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Jill Stein and Cornel West. It remains to be seen which third-party candidates will make it onto the ballot in New Jersey.

Even though New Jersey isn’t on the radar of most election experts, Wildwood is a popular destination for Philadelphia-area vacationers and Trump’s rally will draw people from the crucial Keystone State and media attention from the market.

Trump’s most recent appearance in Pennsylvania was on April 13, when he attended a fundraiser in Bucks County and held a rally rally in the purple Lehigh Valley. He has visited Pennsylvania three times in 2024, including a surprise appearance in Philadelphia at Sneaker Con in February.

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Over the past week, Trump has conducted interviews with media outlets in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey markets, including a television interview with WGAL from Harrisburg and radio interviews with TalkRadio 1210 WPHT Philadelphia And NJ 101.5.

Trump received some promising numbers in Pennsylvania this week in polling conducted by AARP Pennsylvania And Muhlenberg College showing him with a slight lead over Biden, while U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) maintains his advantage about Republican challenger David McCormick.

Biden has visited Pennsylvania three times since Trump’s most recent appearance in the state, hosting campaign events Philadelphia, PittsburghAnd Scrantonbringing the president’s total number of trips to the Keystone State in 2024 to seven.

On Wednesday, Harris held a campaign event in suburban Philadelphia, where she was joined by actress and singer Sheryl Lee Ralph to discuss abortion and reproductive rights.

Since the end of April Biden’s campaign has opened 24 coordinated campaign offices across Pennsylvania, including in red areas such as York and Lancaster. Trump does not appear to have any campaign offices open in Pennsylvania yet, although his campaign managers have recently said they prefer a “leaner” operation than in previous campaigns.

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Ahead of Trump’s visit on Saturday, the Biden campaign held a call with reporters on Friday, featuring the Democratic congressman from New Jersey Mike Sherrill. She destroyed Trump’s business record in New Jersey.

“I suspect when Trump has that rally in Wildwood, you’ll see a lot of people coming from outside our state, because we know here within our state that Trump has filed for bankruptcy five times,” Sherrill said. “That he really undermined the economic viability of Atlantic City, that he didn’t pay employees, he didn’t pay contractors, that he put small businesses out of business because of his failed promises.”

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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