Live updates from Donald Trump’s Wildwood Rally

Former President and Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is hosting a rally Saturday on the beach in Wildwood.

As of Wednesday, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano said about 20,000 tickets had been requested.

People waiting in line for Saturday’s Donald Trump rally in Wildwood

7:30 a.m.: Approximately a 100 people camped out on the beach last night in order to secure the best seats for the rally. 

7:15 a.m. : Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman weights in on today’s rally 

Stage set for Donald Trump rally in Wildwood, NJ


WHEN: May 11. Doors will open at noon, and Trump will begin speaking at 5 p.m. 

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WHERE: On the beach in Wildwood

WHO IS RUNNING THE EVENT?: Trump’s presidential campaign


ROAD CLOSURES: As of now, no road closures have been announced. During Trump’s 2020 rally, the blocks surrounding the Wildwoods Convention Center were closed to traffic. 

DESIGNATED PROTEST AREA: A designated protest area has been established at the Roberts Avenue beach. 

HOW DID WE GET HERE?: The Wildwood Board of Commissioners approved an agreement between the city and the Trump organization for the rally April 15. 

TRUMP’S SOUTH JERSEY SUPPORTERS:  U.S. Rep Jeff Van Drew, R-2nd, who is running for reelection this year, said he remains close with Trump. Elected as a Democrat, Van Drew changed parties, becoming a Republican and pledging his support for Trump in the White House in 2019.

TRUMP’S HISTORY IN WILDWOOD: In January 2020, before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was felt in the United States, Trump’s visit to the Wildwoods Convention Center on the Boardwalk — a rare visit to southern New Jersey by a sitting president — drew thousands to the beach resort in the winter. People started lining up to get in 12 hours before the event began. 

WHAT IS AT STAKE IN NEW JERSEY?: Van Drew has indicated the rally could have an impact in Pennsylvania, typically described as a swing state, and in New Jersey, which has not supported Trump in previous elections. He said recent polls show the gap closing in traditionally blue New Jersey.

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