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New Jersey Launches Review of Trump Golf Club Liquor Licenses After Felony Conviction

Last Updated: July, 8 2024
New Jersey Launches Review of Trump Golf Club Liquor Licenses After Felony Conviction

Three Trump-owned golf clubs in New Jersey may face issues with their liquor licenses in the wake of Donald Trump's recent felony fraud conviction.

 

Jul 28, 2022; Bedminster, NJ, former president Donald Trump hits a tee shot during the LIV Invitational Pro-Am at Trump National Golf Club. Photo: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 28, 2022; Bedminster, NJ, former president Donald Trump hits a tee shot during the LIV Invitational Pro-Am at Trump National Golf Club. Photo: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports (USA TODAY USPW / reuters)

 

The state's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has launched a review into the liquor permits held by Trump's golf properties in  Colts Neck, Pine Hill and Lamington Farm Club to see if his conviction affects their status.

 

As part of its probe, the ABC is considering whether Trump's crimes of manipulating business records meet New Jersey's standard of a "crime involving moral turpitude." State laws prohibit licensing anyone convicted of such a crime.

 

If officials rule Trump's felony qualifies, it could put the clubs' liquor permits in jeopardy through suspension or revocation. New Jersey demands licensees demonstrate good character and the ability to run alcohol service appropriately.

 

When asked about the review, the Attorney General's Office said it's underway but gave no other comment on next steps or potential outcomes.

 

In response to his conviction, Trump maintained his innocence, saying "We didn't do anything wrong." He accused the District Attorney who prosecuted him of being backed by left-leaning billionaire George Soros.

 

The New Jersey Attorney General's office told the publication that state rules require liquor licensees to have a reputable character and operate their businesses lawfully. The office declined to provide additional comments about how they would assess Trump's situation.

 

The inquiry comes as Trump faces escalating legal battles in the wake of his fraud case and other ongoing investigations. Losing liquor licenses at his prized New Jersey golf spots would add to those mounting pressures.

 

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What are the potential consequences for Trump's golf club if the liquor licenses are revoked?

 

Loss of alcohol sales and bar/restaurant revenue. Liquor is often a major profit generator at golf clubs through food and beverage minimums paid by members.

 

Decline in membership and user rates. The ability to drink alcohol on the premises is a draw for many golfers and patrons. Losing that amenity could cause some to go elsewhere.

 

Damage to the brand and reputation. High-profile license revocations would be an embarrassment for Trump's company and properties. It may hurt their standing with certain customers.

 

Legal issues retaining employees. Bartenders, servers and managers tied to the clubs' alcohol programs could potentially file claims if their jobs were jeopardized.

 

Property value reduction. Golf properties with full-service clubhouses that include bars often fetch higher prices. Appraisals may discount the value without liquor licenses in place.

 

Loss of events business. Many weddings, tournaments and corporate outings at golf clubs rely on being able to serve alcohol. That revenue source could evaporate.

 

Fines and sanctions. Regulators may impose additional penalties on the clubs and licensees beyond just revoking permits to operate.

 

References: https://www.nysun.com/article/new-jersey-reviewing-trumps-golf-club-liquor-licenses-after-felony-conviction

 

 


 

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