Donald Trump held a rally earlier this week in support of new Republican Jeff Van Drew in Wildwood, NJ. The day after the rally, pictures emerged of large amounts of trash left in the parking lot by supporters attending the event.
The City of Wildwood said that they had cleared the trash from out of the parking lot the same day. Mayor Pete Byron said he had asked the local Republican chapter to reimburse the city for the cost of services like this. When the request was made, however, Byron was told that he was banned from attending the rally.
The Mayor, who identifies as a Democrat, told NJ.com that he was just doing his job. “As the mayor of Wildwood, I represent everyone,” Byron said. “I need to look into these costs and look for reimbursement if it is anything out of the normal cost of business. I have to do that.”
Byron continued, “I am disappointed in this, but this is not about me. This is about the city. This is fantastic for the city as well as the whole county. Whether I get into the event or not, it is not as important as the economic impact it will have on the city of Wildwood. I am thankful that the city has this opportunity.”
The Mayor said he kept a record of all the expenses and he hopes to submit them somewhere.
The Trump campaign has been accused of stiffing cities that held a number of his rallies. Services the GOP has refused to pay for add up to almost $1 million.
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