Trump New Jersy golf course pays $400K fine after being threatened with loss of liquor license

Trump New Jersy golf course pays $400K fine after being threatened with loss of liquor license. Donald Trump’s golf club in Colts Neck has agreed to pay a $400,000 fine in a case brought by the state Division of Alcohol Beverage Control that threatened the liquor licenses of the ex-president’s three New Jersey facilities after a customer drove drunk and got into an accident that killed his father.

The former president’s golf club did not contest the charges and agreed to the fine, as well as service training for employees by a nationally recognized organization and a ban until Dec. 31 on selling any alcoholic beverages from carts, according to the consent order.

The state initially sought to revoke Colts Neck’s liquor license “due to the aggravating circumstances in this case,” and also would have pulled the licenses from Trump’s other clubs in Bedminster and Pine Hill, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in October 2019.

The golf club did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Andrew Halder of Woodcliff Lake had been served alcohol from a cart before leaving the Colts Neck club on Aug. 30, 2015. His car flipped and rolled after hitting the curb on a ramp, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said at the time.

His father, Gary, was ejected from the car and later died. Halder was charged with vehicular homicide and other offenses. The original charges said the cart could only carry beer but Halder served a non-malt alcoholic beverage while he was “actually or apparently intoxicated.”

Revenue at Trump’s three New Jersey golf clubs dropped to $24.8 million in 2020 during the pandemic. They made $32.7 million in 2016, the year he was elected president.

At 10:20 p.m. on July 6, I went out to Monmouth County Route 520, just a half-mile west of the $140 million bridge replacement project between Rumson and Sea Bright.

For the third time in three weeks, the road in front of the private Sea Bright Tennis Club was flooded. It was difficult to capture the flood in pitch darkness, but with the help of lightning I was able to photograph 80 feet of the roadway under 6 to 8 inches of water.

Cars are pulling in our driveway to make U-turns.

Route 520, also known as Rumson Road, is the primary road that is being used to justify replacing a bridge to service Sea Bright, a small beach town of 600 parking spaces, a dozen restaurants and two banks.

North of this $140 million bridge to nowhere — at least when it rains — is a narrow two-mile strip of of multi-million-dollar homes. The evacuation route for these homes is the 10-year old, four-lane wide Atlantic Highway Bridge.

South of this $140 million bridge to nowhere is the town with the 600 parking spots for beach goers. The homes south of the bridge are all on a one-mile narrow stretch of land that evacuates southward on State Route 36, which has no nearby connection to the Garden State Parkway.

Why is New Jersey spending $140 million in mostly federal funds on a bridge that floods 20 to 30 times a year? Why spend these funds on an evacuation route that is flooded during a rainstorm?

Although it was never actually built, Alaska is still known for a federal appropriation for its “Bridge to Nowhere” project. Now, New Jersey has its own version.

Jeff Schaengold, Rumson

Honor courage of Mahan prisoners with reforms

As reported in the Star-Ledger, the unbridled sexual and physical abuse of inmates at New Jersey’s Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women is unconscionable.

Clearly, those in power can get away with this behavior when there is ineffective oversight and few rights for prisoners. Our governor and legislators must lead the cultural shift in all prisons to stop this systemic abuse of power.

It’s not rocket science to provide proper training for corrections personnel — with consequences for abuses of power, humane conditions, and prisoners’ rights to dignity, personal safety, along with their right to report abuses without retaliation. It’s shouldn’t take decades to expose and correct this sick culture.

I’m in awe of the women who had the courage to report these abuses knowing that they would face retaliation and a long road to justice. I hope they know they are making a difference and will receive the support they need to heal from these traumas. Our governor, corrections department and legislators must learn from the testimony of these women and make the changes needed to stop this culture of abuse.

Marjorie Egarian, Lambertville

Robocall independence nice while it lasted

What a glorious Fourth of July! Masks off, most folks inoculated, COVID-19 cases down, social distancing eased, with barbecues, hotdogs, beer and plenty of fireworks all over the place.

The biggest bonus: I didn’t get any robocalls from scammers for two whole days. Not only did we celebrate our independence as a nation, we got a chance to be independent of those annoying calls from our “oldest grandson who is in trouble,” to reduce our credit-card interest or our electric bill, or to extend our car’s warranty. Also, there were no emails from “friends” in dire need of money because they are stranded in a foreign country. It was like old times again.

It ended on Tuesday (July 6) when we got a call from a guy with a very macho, aggressive voice seeking money for some nebulous police group. I told him we have a fine police force locally, which has my respect and support, but that he was wasting his time and mine and my time with this call.

He hung up without so much as a “Have a nice day.”

Bill Dowling, Woodbridge

Murphy, Biden clueless on seniors’ needs

Thanks to Lewis Cohn for his recent letter, “What to know about the new $500 NJ tax rebate: I can’t get one,” about how unfair it is that senior citizens — most of whom have no child dependents living at home —were overlooked by Gov. Phil Murphy in a new program that grants $500 income-tax rebate checks.

I agree!

In addition, in all of President Joe Biden’s stimulus packages or proposals, no money was targeted specifically for senior citizens.

From these actions, it is apparent that these two politicians do not value the votes of senior citizens.

Greg McLaughlin, Bell Mead

No science is ever settled

When columnist Tom Moran (“Climate crimes at Fox News”) opines about science and climate change, the one thing he should never write is “… this debate is over.”

That’s not how science works. It is always evolving.

I can still remember the cover of Newsweek magazine more than 45 years ago years ago telling everyone to “get ready for the Ice Age.” How did that prediction go?

You’re not helping things, Tom. Stick to politics and stop worrying about Fox starting a new streaming weather channel.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *