New Jersey reviewing Trump golf club liquor licenses

(The Hill) – The attorney general’s office of New Jersey is reviewing whether former President Donald Trump’s recent conviction in the New York hush money case could impact him holding liquor licenses at three of his golf courses in the state.

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office confirmed that the liquor licenses at Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck, Lamington Farm Club and Trump National Golf Club Pine Hill remain active as of Monday.

The Lamington Farm Club is Trump’s golf club located in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, June 13, 2023, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

New Jersey Attorney General’s Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control “is reviewing the impact of President Trump’s conviction on the above referenced licenses, and declines further comment at this time,” the spokesperson said in an email.

According to New Jersey law, no liquor license “shall be issued to any person under 18 years old or to any person who has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.” The division handbook states that crimes connected to “moral turpitude” are generally “those deemed serious by society.”

It also requires those applying for liquor licenses to have a “reputable” character and be expected to operate the business in a “reputable manner.”

A jury found the former president guilty last month on 34 counts of falsifying business records in connection to a reimbursement made to Trump’s ex-fixer, Michael Cohen, for making a payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels to stay silent about an alleged affair with Trump.

The former president has denied the affair and had pleaded not guilty. He is scheduled to be sentenced just four days before the Republican National Convention next month, where he will likely be officially nominated as the GOP’s presidential candidate.

He has also vowed to appeal the verdict.

The Hill has reached out to Trump’s campaign and the Trump Organization for comment.

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