New Jersey officials threaten to not renew Trump Organization's golf course liquor licenses following Trump's New York conviction

 July 4, 2024

Democratic officials at all levels across the country seem committed to an effort to use all legal and legalish means at their disposal to ruin and destroy former President Donald Trump both politically and financially.

The latest example of this overtly partisan agenda is the threat from New Jersey officials to strip the Trump Organization of its liquor licenses for two golf courses it owns in the state, according to Fox News.

The state officials are using Trump's recent felony conviction in neighboring New York as an excuse to not renew the valuable licenses, even though a corporate entity holds those licenses and not the former president as an individual.

New Jersey to punish Trump's company for his New York conviction

It was first reported last month that, in light of former President Trump's conviction in New York, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control warned the Trump Organization that it might not renew the company's liquor licenses for the golf clubs that Trump owns in Bedminster and Colts Neck because of a state law that bars the grant of a liquor license to an individual convicted of a crime involving "moral turpitude."

"Moral turpitude" is defined as "(1) an act or behavior that gravely violates the sentiment or accepted standard of the community; and (2) a quality of dishonesty or other immorality that is determined by a court to be present in the commission of a criminal offense."

It is unclear if the dubious crime Trump was conficted of following a questionable trial, falsification of business records in 2017 to cover up the reimbursement of hush money payments in 2016, would fall under that prohibitive category for the state.

Liquor licenses threatened for Trump's golf courses

ABC News reported that New Jersey regulators set July 19 as the date for a hearing on the Trump Organization's liquor licenses in a pair of letters sent to the company earlier in June.

At risk are the licenses for the golf courses at Bedminster and Colts Neck, which expired on Sunday and have been replaced in the interim with 90-day temporary permits to continue to serve alcohol. A third Trump-owned golf course at Pine Hill had its licensed renewed recently by the municipality and not the state's ABC division.

According to the state's Attorney General's Office, "During such a hearing, the applicant bears the burden of proof to demonstrate by a preponderance of the evidence that they remain qualified to maintain licensure, which includes a review of any beneficiaries of the licenses."

Even though the license are held by corporate entities for which former President Trump is neither a director nor officer, the AG's Office said that "a review by ABC indicates that Mr. Trump maintains a direct beneficial interest in the three liquor licenses through the receipt of revenues and profits from them, as the sole beneficiary of the Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust.

Company hopes "investigation is not political in nature"

Breaking news changes everything, however, and the liquor license review hearing will likely now be postponed until September or later after New York Judge Juan Merchan, in light of the Supreme Court's presidential immunity ruling on Monday, granted a request from Trump's attorneys to delay the July 11 sentencing hearing, which the ABC license review hearing is dependent upon, until September 18 to accommodate a motion to overturn the conviction, according to NJBiz.

A spokesperson for the Trump Organization said in a statement last month that the liquor license review hearing is "unwarranted and unjustified" and noted that "President Trump is not the holder of any liquor license in New Jersey, and he is not an officer, director, or operator of any entity that holds a liquor license in New Jersey."

"These liquor licenses support the livelihoods of many hundreds of hard-working New Jersey residents, including bartenders, waiters and waitresses, they service thousands of members, and they contribute millions of dollars to the revenue streams of the State of New Jersey," the statement continued.

"They are also relied upon by people for special life events, including weddings, christenings, and bar and bat mitzvahs, as well as charitable outings and events," the spokesperson added. "We sincerely hope that this investigation is not political in nature, and given the foregoing, we feel confident that our licenses will remain unaffected."

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