A rally featuring former President Donald Trump drew nearly 100,000 supporters in Wildwood, New Jersey, on Saturday, a popular vacation spot for residents of Philadelphia and Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Many supporters were seen queuing up hours before Trump’s arrival for the rally, which occurred close to the Wildwood boardwalk. Wildwood, a well-known vacation spot on the Jersey shore, has a permanent population of less than 10,000 inhabitants. It is especially popular among residents of southeast Pennsylvania.

Trump had previously hinted at holding rallies in New Jersey. Despite being traditionally considered a solid blue state, New Jersey witnessed one of the most surprisingly close gubernatorial election races in 2021. Democrat incumbent Phil Murphy narrowly defeated Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli by less than three percentage points. This outcome was unexpected, especially since most pollsters projected a Democratic advantage of around ten points (D+10), providing Republicans with a renewed sense of optimism.

The ex-president has chosen Representative Jeff Van Drew to lead his New Jersey campaign. Van Drew, a former Democrat who switched to the Republican Party because of his opposition to the Trump impeachment trials, has become one of the ex-president’s most significant supporters in New Jersey’s political arena. And since switching parties, Van Drew has cruised to reelection.

“I have known Jeff for a long time and consider him to be one of the best political minds anywhere,” Trump said in a Truth Social post this past November.  “He feels, as do I, that because the Biden Administration has been so bad to the Garden State, that we have a very good chance of winning New Jersey.”

“We will put it on our list for rallies and all other forms of events, and make a concerted effort to Win! I spend a great deal of time in New Jersey, love the State, and its people. With what is going on in our country now, open and broken borders, record setting crime, high taxes and regulations, disrespect of our military and vets, the worst Inflation in 72 years, and a terrible economy, we will win New Jersey, and possibly by a lot,” Trump announced at the time.  “Jeff Van Drew will put his talents on display for all to see.”

Should Trump manage to pull off a win in New Jersey, he will become the first Republican to do so since President Ronald Reagan in 1984.

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