Donald Trump is known for his habitual behavior, and even before he ran for president of the United States, Trump was being sued for stiffing his bills and leaving contractors on his real estate projects holding the short end of the stick.
It wasn’t until Trump became president, however, that he started being held accountable for his crooked antics. The president never stopped rallying after winning the 2016 election, and in the three years that have passed since, he has visited many cities in the midwest and east.
On numerous occasions, after leaving a venue, news stories have broken about city officials who are pissed off about the giant bill Trump leaves in his wake. Now, just to clear the air ahead of time, the new mayor of New Jersey is letting Trump know that he will be keeping a close eye on the bill Trump racks up while he’s in town.
Mayor Pete Byron told NJ.com the following:
“Do I think that our taxpayers should foot the bill for this? Absolutely not. I will do my best to get a final tally, and I will certainly pass that on to the local Republican organization, and I hope that we get some sort of reimbursement for the event.”
According to the report, “The mayor — who was sworn in just days before hearing Trump would hold a rally in the Jersey Shore resort town — said the city does not have a budget for the event but has asked their first responder departments, along with the public works department to keep detailed accounts for the costs incurred.”
Cape May County Republican party chairman Marcus Karavan pulled a typical GOP move in blindly supporting the president regardless of his behavior. Karavan said:
“The eyes of the entire country are on Cape May County and the City of Wildwood right now. Rather than being short sighted and playing partisan politics, Mayor Byron should be thanking President Trump for bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the Wildwoods who will be spending money in local hotels, bars, and restaurants, including the one run by the county Democrat chairman, on a Tuesday in January when they would otherwise be shuttered.”
Byron explained his reasoning behind wanting the funds watched, and it wasn’t the common sense argument that Republicans can’t be trusted with taxpayer money. Byron was instead thinking of the people of New Jersey when he said:
“The President brings out the people who support him, as well as who oppose them or both,” Byron said. “There is no in-between, and they are all very passionate. You are going to have protesters as well. You have to factor all of that into the equation, but there’s going to be a lot of people out on the street.”
Further explaining his stance on the issue, Byron continued:
“It is no disrespect to the president, but I look at this more about the position versus the individual, and I think that we should bask in this opportunity. This is going to give Wildwood national exposure. The cost relative to the exposure, we would never be able to pay the advertising cost to get the type of exposure we’re going to get nationally, and then you’re the middle of January when it is typically a ghost town down here.”