WESTFIELD, NJ — Residents might want to allow for some extra drive-time on Saturday morning, as a political truck parade anticipated to draw “high attendance” plans to roll through the town.
Organizers of the “Trump Truck Parade” announced on their website that they will leave from the AMC Mountainside 10 on Route 22 in Mountainside at 10 a.m., before meeting up with supporters in Garwood and heading to a rally in North Bedminster. The plan is to roll through Westfield along the way.
“Please show up early to ensure a spot because of high attendance expected,” the organizers write. “We will then merge with another lot full of Trump supporters in Garwood and continue on.”
A map of the route shows the truck parade is set to enter Westfield traveling south on East Broad Street, before turning onto Central Avenue, moving onto North Avenue East, meeting up with their fellow supporters at North Avenue and Maple Street in Garwood and then continuing back into Westfield, traveling on South Avenue East, before taking Central Avenue into Clark and driving past Arthur L. Johnson High School.
The parade is then anticipated to again return to Westfield by way of Westfield Avenue, and onto Lamberts Mill Road, with supporters of President Donald Trump rolling past Tamaques Park and into Scotch Plains before taking Route 78 south to the rally in North Bedminster, according to the mapped route.
On Tuesday, Westfield police gave no indication that the parade would require local street closures, and the local impacts on traffic had yet to be known.
“I am fully aware of this scheduled event, but none of its organizers have contacted us or asked for any assistance as of yet,” said Police Chief Christopher Battiloro.
Truck rallies have become commonplace among the president’s supporters. The “MAGA Drag the Interstate Rally” visited Clark Oct. 3, bringing trucks with custom paint jobs in support of re-electing the president, including one that read “All Aboard the Trump Train.”
And with flags waiving, horns honking and lights flashing, a similar parade of Trump supporters rolled through Hillsborough Oct. 11 with hundreds of pick-up trucks, SUVs, recreational vehicles, tractor trailers, convertibles, passenger cars and motorcycles flying the American flag and Trump flags.
The organizers of Saturday’s parade did not return an email seeking comment for this story on Tuesday.
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See the mapped route below: