Jersey Shore swamped with ‘80,000 MAGA supporters’ as Trump hits stage in Wildwood

Jersey Shore swamped with ‘80,000 MAGA supporters’ as Trump hits stage in Wildwood

Jersey Shore was swamped with MAGA supporters as Donald Trump hit the stage in Wildwood for a sunset rally on the beach.

The former president arrived around an hour and a half late on Saturday at about 6.30pm for the event which was attended by 80,000 supporters, according to his campaign.

Thousands of fans gathered on the beach and along the boardwalk throughout the day wearing Trump masks and American flag-themed outfits.

Donald Trump arrived to his campaign rally in New Jersey about an hour and a half late on Saturday (AP)

They pitched giant Trump 2024 flags as conditions remained on the cooler side after several days of rain. Long lines formed and bars and restaurants were busy in the town at a typically sleepy time in the off-season.

Kicking off his speech Mr Trump vowed to win the long-time Democrat-held state of New Jersey.

“We love Wildwood. We’ve been here many times we love this place and is nowhere else I’d rather be this beautiful evening. It is a nice one right?” he said, to cheers from supporters.

The former president’s campaign team said they expected ‘tens of thousands’ to show up at the rally on Saturday afternoon (AP)

“As you can see, today, we’re expanding the electoral map because we are going to officially play in the state of New Jersey. We’re going to win the state of New Jersey.”

Mark Bellini, 63, of Brick, New Jersey, told the Daily Mail that he had been holding on to his 12th place in line since 5pm on Thursday.

“It was cold, it was raining. Yeah, it was wet. I used a plastic bag over my head in order to keep my spot,” he said.

The rally in New Jersey comes as a welcome break for Mr Trump, who has spent much of the last three weeks inside a New York courtroom (AP)

Jodi Derstine, a 62-year-old nurse from Morristown, New Jersey, also told The Mail that she had arrived at 5am on Friday, and said that Mr Trump was “gonna save America”.

The former president has been packing his weekends with campaign events as he has spent much of the past four weeks inside a Manhattan courthouse where he is on criminal trial over alleged hush money payments to porn star, Stormy Daniels.

He is facing ongoing criminal and civil cases, some related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

Some fans even donned Trump costumes and American flag-themed outfits for the rally, due to take place at 5pm (AP)

Mr Trump, the presumed Republican presidential candidate, is expected to face off against President Joe Biden in this November’s election.

Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller said that the “tens of thousands” expected attendees would be a notable contrast to the number that typically show up for President Joe Biden’s political events, which he described as “eight circles, two of which are empty.”

The former president last appeared in New Jersey in January 2020, according to AP, when he attended an event with congressman Jefferson Van Drew, a former Democrat who switched to the GOP as a rebuke for Mr Trump’s first impeachment.