BEDMINSTER NJ - Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today announced his office and Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson have secured federal funds to reimburse Bedminster and Somerset County for the assistance by law enforcement in protecting President Trump and the First Family in New Jersey.
The Township of Bedminster will receive $ 54,077.42 and Somerset County will receive $ 579,088.00 from Presidential Residence Protection Assistance (PRPA) Grant Program.
The Trump family has spent significant time at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster in 2017. The Bedminster Police Department and the Somerset County provided security for the first family during the visits, activity that threatened to play havoc with their budgets.
“The extraordinary men and women of New Jersey law enforcement do a terrific job every day of the week and in the past year have risen to the occasion and supported the protection of the President of the United States while he visits New Jersey. These responsibilities come at a cost – one I believe should be a federal expense, not a burden on local taxpayers. I commend the leadership of Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson and his team in working with my office and federal entities to establish and fund this reimbursement system. I thank New Jersey’s Rodney Frelinghuysen, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House, for ensuring this was a funding priority,” said Lance.
Lance represents the Seventh Congressional District, which includes Bedminster and most of Somerset County.
Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson added, “The brave men and women of law enforcement have been tasked with this important responsibility for the country. They have done and will continue to do an excellent job of protecting the President, his guests and the community residents. But these costs belong to the federal government and I am pleased to have worked with Congressman Lance and the federal government on this solution.”
Lance and Robertson led the effort to ensure New Jersey was designated a priority for presidential protection by the United States Secret Service. The Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster is now considered a ‘residence of the President’ and thus eligible to apply to receive federal grants exclusively for providing reimbursement of law enforcement personnel costs for protection activities. Lance worked with Frelinghuysen to secure funds for the program through government funding measures. Robertson, the leading law enforcement official in Somerset County, has been responsible for operations of the protection forces.