Donald Trump Eyes NJ Golf Course as Site for Cemetery Plot

Thursday, February 02, 2012

For a man who seemingly has everything, there is one thing that has eluded Donald Trump: he wants to be buried on his favorite golf course in New Jersey.

Trump, a New Yorker, owns the 516-acre Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in the rural, Central New Jersey town that is home to rolling hills, sprawling horse farms, colonial-era towns and quaint wooden framed buildings.  But it’s not easy to get a cemetery built -- and especially not in one of the toniest communities in the country.

“It’s not Atlantic City in any way shape or form,” said Ed Russo, a consultant for Trump who is coordinating the cemetery plans.  

Russo got a green light from the Bedminster town council last August, the first step in a long process of local and state approvals.  The current plan now calls for a cemetery that would be open to any member of the golf club  -- who pay about $200,000 to join and another $20,000 in annual dues.

There are three proposed locations, two of which are on the golf club property and the third is on adjacent property owned by Trump.

"If you have everything in the world, where would be that place you’d most like to be identified with going forward,” Russo said.  “His point was, this is a place where people respect each other.”

Trump has proposed different plans to be buried there over the past decade, Russo said. The Donald’s proposal for a mausoleum and chapel were turned down.

More recently, the town council negotiated a deal that will allow 500 graves on the site. But Trump will not be allowed to build anything on property he owns adjacent to the golf club, and visible from the road.

“If he wants a mausoleum and he wants to do it for himself,  and he wants to put that on the golf club proper, I don’t have a problem with that, ” former town council member Sally Rubin said. “It’s a large piece of property and he has a lot more flexibility there. But I did not want it on a scenic rural road in our community.”

Trump could still put his mausoleum right alongside his favorite fairway, if he can get approval from New Jersey’s State Cemetery Board.  

(Photo: Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in New Jersey. Courtesy of Trump National Golf Club Bedminster)

“I just think cemeteries have their place. You have a golf course, and I don’t think elite membership should give you the right to be buried there either,” resident Anne Melitski said outside the local supermarket. “That’s always been a really beautiful area, and I just think the cemetery would bring it down.”

But the proposal drew praise from Governor Chris Christie’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, who told the Star Ledger newspaper that Trump can be buried anywhere.

“I guess we should be honored that he’s considering New Jersey,” Drewniak said.


Comments [8]

merck from pb fla

donald,on opening day i told you about the cemetery on the land, so holy and sweet. bring honor to the Lord and see how beautifully and gracefully they did it. please do it the same way with respect and thoughtfulness,please. your neighbors care, esp. those who have grown up there.john3:3

Feb. 03 2012 10:21 PM
Rastislav Toscak from South Amboy, NJ

What a great idea, I love it. Donald Trump buried, no more BS talk and idiocy? Wow, anywhere you want Donald, the only condition?... DO IT NOW!!!.

Feb. 03 2012 07:27 PM
Josh from Washington Heights

As long as it's available to p*ss on, I'm fine with the location.

Feb. 03 2012 10:51 AM
modmike from Clifton, NJ 07011

Being Groundhog Day, I guess it was a slow news day. Just a quick question; is "The Donald" going to be buried with his "Pets"? Pets is open to interpretation.

Feb. 03 2012 10:43 AM
Shanon from UWS

Seriously WNYC? Seriously? You don't pull this crap when it comes to pledge season. You talk and talk about your attempt at serious "journalism." Seriously WTF?!? I want my money back!

Feb. 03 2012 10:27 AM
CParis from West Orange

We don't care! I doubt that hordes of people are going to make vacation plans to visit The Donald's tomb and spend money boosting the NJ economy. He'll be lucky if his family shows up. What an ego!

Feb. 03 2012 10:12 AM
John from NYC

Why, why, why do we care? He's already distracted me enough with his constant inane stupid talk. Why is anyone reporting on what he says?

Feb. 03 2012 09:14 AM
Judy May from Lebanon, NJ

Adjacent to the Trump property there is a beautiful, small, historic cemetery on Copperthwaite Road, where the African American servants who were employed in the grand homes in the area were buried. I wonder if the Donald has visited. See,_Bedminster

Feb. 02 2012 05:52 PM

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