Middletown mayor: Biden fundraiser in town this weekend will cost taxpayers thousands

President Joe Biden will be visiting Gov. Phil Murphy this weekend in Middletown for a fundraiser.

Matt Trapani and Tom Krosnowski

Jun 29, 2024, 12:24 AM

Updated 21 days ago


President Joe Biden will be coming to New Jersey this weekend for a campaign fundraiser fresh off his appearance in Thursday night’s debate with former President Donald Trump.
Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden were in New York City on Friday evening for a rally. Earlier in the day, they were in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Bidens will be at Gov. Phil Murphy’s waterfront home in Middletown on Saturday and the town was already preparing for an influx of traffic.
“It’s going to be a logistical nightmare,” says Middletown Mayor Tony Perry.
The Republican mayor says that there will be more than 40 local police officers, state police, Secret Service agents and the Coast Guard on hand for the fundraiser which is expected to draw hundreds of people. Parts of Navesink River Road and Locust Point Road will be closed after 2 p.m. on Saturday.
“Absolutely avoid that area…It’s a roadway that connects a massive part of our town to the Two River area, plus Lincroft, Routes 35 and 36,” says Perry.
Local roads have already been plastered with “no parking” signs. Although they’re mostly residential, the mayor says it could impact local business.
“The week, before the Fourth of July…there’s going to be folks going into Sea Bright and Rumson, into Red Bank, coming into Middletown,” he says.
People who live on the affected roads will be part of a Secret Service “frozen zone.” That means no car, bike or even pedestrian traffic as the motorcade passes through. But this is not the town’s first time doing this.
“It’s not something that people are all that thrilled about, which is understandable, because it was a headache in October of 2022 [when] the president came to the governor’s house,” Perry says.
Since the visit is a fundraiser and not official presidential business, Perry says this will ultimately cost the town money.
“The taxpayers of Middletown will be on the hook for this one. I’m still waiting on that money from 2022, I doubt we’re going to get that reimbursement,” says Perry. “It’s a Saturday in the summer. It’s going to be upwards of $20,000-$30,000.”
News 12 New Jersey will have more coverage of the fundraiser and its impact on the community on Saturday.

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