New Jersey

Bedminster Township to become Camp David North?

BEDMINSTER TWP., N.J. - President-elect Donald Trump isn't the only one preparing for his transition to the White House.

A Somerset County, New Jersey, community is scrambling, as well, and a local lawmaker said the police force needs more money to protect the future first family.

A month ago, the Bedminster Township Police Department helped provide protection for the president-elect as he interviewed potential secretary of state candidates at Trump National Golf Club.

While the Secret Service does provide protection, there is still a financial impact to local departments helping out.

Now U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance is asking for additional funds to protect Trump and his family in anticipation they will use the area as what he is calling "Camp David North."

In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Lance wrote that President-elect Donald Trump has spent a considerable amount of time at the golf club, which is located in his district.

"It becomes a matter of national security when he was elected president and when he spoke with people about various potential cabinet nominees at that location," Lance told 69 News.

The Bedminster Township Council met a day after Trump's visit in November, and Mayor Steven Parker told council it may see more of the president-elect over the next four years, and it needs to prepare.

"We have to iron out where we get the money for the overtime, making sure we have fair allocation of resources," said Parker, "so that our 16-person [police] department isn't saddled with everything all the time."

Lance said there have been similar agreements when President Barack Obama visits Hawaii and his hometown of Chicago.

Lance called the Bedminster Township location a likely "Camp David North," and he wants to make sure everything is in place before the inauguration on January 20.

"Not a partisan matter. We want to make sure the president and his family are protected to the great extent possible," said Lance.

Lance told 69 News that the Trump family also uses the golf course for visits, so the police could be providing a lot of protection, and Lance said he believes the funding will be made available.

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