Hey NJ, Trump’s Coming to Town — So Expect Serious Traffic Delays
BEDMINSTER — Donald Trump is scheduled to make his first trip to New Jersey as president of the United States this weekend — causing air and road restrictions.
Trump is also to also make his first presidential to his home in New York as part of a full weekend that will start Thursday night with a meeting on board the U.S.S. Intrepid, and end at his golf club in Bedminster, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
Trump will spend the night at Trump Tower in Manhattan and be driven to Bedminster, which will likely result in the closure of Interstate 78 as the presidential motorcade heads west, according to the Palm Beach Post. It's not known what time Trump will leave for Somerset County.
The Federal Aviation Administration put a "VIP flight advisory" in effect for the airspace between Morristown and Bedminster Friday through Sunday. No one is allowed to operate within a 10 nautical mile "inner core," while flights within a 30 nautical mile "outer ring" will be permitted as long as flight plans are filed ahead of time.
Morristown Airport, Somerset Airport in Bedminster and Soleberg Airport in Readington are all mainly affected by the restrictions.
"Previous TFRs in this region have resulted in numerous airspace violations," according to the notice, with the FAA asking airport operators, managers and flight schools to spread the word about the restrictions. The FAA, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies will be closely monitoring and patrolling this airspace looking for violators," according to the notice.
Trump will meet Thursday night with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday on board the decommissioned battleship permanently docked in the Hudson River to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea, a World War II naval battle the U.S. fought with the help of Australia.
There had been concern by Bedminster mayor Steve Parker over the costs of presidential visits and who will pay. Representative Leonard Lance sent a letter to the Department of Justice under the Obama administration in December seeking help in covering costs similar to those made available when Barack Obama visited Hawaii and Chicago.