Could Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump wind up in New Jersey after DC?
With the end of the Trump administration nearing, the president’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner will be leaving Washington, D.C. Kushner grew up in New Jersey and comes from a family that has had a huge imprint on the world of New Jersey politics and real estate.
Some say that the couple might have a hard time moving back to New York City because the liberal-leaning socialites that they ran with at events like the MET Gala and NYC Ballet Balls might shun them for their “MAGA” politics.
News 12 New Jersey’s Brian Donohue says that maybe the couple will come to New Jersey, since Kushner already had ties to the Garden State. Donohue took a look at some places that the couple might consider.
There is the former Red Bull Inn in Bridgewater – now known as the Bridgewater Inn. It is close to President Donald Trump’s golf course in Bedminster and is a place that the Kushner family is familiar with.
It was this motel where Kushner’s father Charles Kushner – once a bigtime Democratic contributor – hired a prostitute to lure his brother-in-law into a tryst and then had his accomplice film it from the room next door. Charles Kushner did go to federal prison for this act – just one of many sordid incidents in New Jersey’s often ugly political history.
Jared Kushner resigned from the family’s real estate business to take his job at the White House. But he is still landlord to thousands of New Jerseyans. He keeps a financial stake in dozens of apartment complexes and other properties across New Jersey – including the Park Lane Trailer Park in Union Township.
Donohue says that the trailer park may be one of the most unlikely of properties to show up on a White House financial disclosure form.
“I mean, this is a nice trailer park. It was a nice one,” says resident JoAnne Zito.
Donohue says that there would be plenty of room for the Kushners. But residents say that maintenance keeps getting worse and the number of trailers is going down. There was at one time 57 trailers, but now there are only about a dozen. Leases are not being renewed and the location is slowly emptying out.
“They don’t do no maintenance or nothing,” Zito says.
Donohue admits that a trailer park is unlikely for the couple. So, he also suggests a more upscale Kushner holding – Pier Village in Long Branch. It is often referred to by locals as “Kushnerville.”
The Associated Press reported the Kushners have bought four properties there in the past few years since they used their White House positions to push for a program that gives developers massive tax breaks. Ethics watchdogs say the tax breaks were meant for downtrodden areas, not a gentrified playground for the wealthy and called the whole deal a conflict of interest.