- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 28, 2020

President Trump’s supporters have been waiting in line in the cold since Sunday in anticipation of his historic rally Tuesday night in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Supporters from near and far set up tents and chairs outside the Wildwood Convention Center as early as 2 p.m. Sunday, News 12 New Jersey reported Monday evening.

Mr. Trump’s rally, his first in New Jersey since becoming president, is slated to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, but the doors will open at 3 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Richard Snowden, of Buffalo, New York, was standing second in line on Sunday and said this will be his 63rd Trump rally in four years.

“We are here to support a fantastic president that is one of the first candidates in my lifetime who ran for office, made certain pledges, and has lived up to everything that he promised he would do,” he told News 12.

Wildwood Mayor Pete Byron said this is the first time any sitting president has come to the town. Local business owners are looking forward to a boost in the economy during the slower winter months and several have decided to open just for the occasion.

“This is a shot in the arm for the economics,” David Neild, who drove 10 hours to Wildwood from North Carolina, told News 12. “This is going to boost all these mom and pop stores. It’s just important for this whole community.”

New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who switched to the Republican Party last month, is expected to speak at the rally. He said there have been roughly 100,000 requests for tickets, a local ABC affiliate reported.

The convention center can only hold about 7,500 people, but overflow viewing will be available outside.

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