Donald Trump eyes eternity in New Jersey. Seriously.
The one-time leader in the polls for the GOP presidential nomination (back in the days before a single vote was cast and more than a dozen aspirants were still in the race), Trump on Thursday is expected to announce his choice for the party’s nomination.
In what could be seen as a typical Trump publicity maneuver, some media outlets were told that he will endorse Mitt Romney while other media outlets were told earlier that his choice would be Newt Gingrich.
Putting aside the question of whether Trump’s backing actually means anything, the conflicting reports, at the least, help keep Trump in the limelight, a position to which he seems to have been born. But the man whose name graces hotels and developments and who has become a brand name for the oft-times kitschy intersection of self-interest and luxury, has another idea on how to keep his name in the spotlight for, well, an eternity.
According to the Newark Star-Ledger, Trump will seek state permission to build a private cemetery next to his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The 1.5-acre site would be for club members, and a section would be reserved for The Donald and his family.
And in keeping with the Trump tradition, the price probably wouldn’t be cheap. Club members already pay a lifetime membership fee running $300,000.
The latest idea is a follow to Trump’s 2007 plan for a family mausoleum. While not in the same league as Mao’s in Beijing, the plan called for a 19-foot-tall classical stone structure to be built alongside the first hole at Trump National Golf Club, which features two courses. It was to have had four obelisks surrounding the exterior.
Those plans were withdrawn when local officials complained it seemed too gaudy for the rural town.
Officials in Bedminster gave their blessing to Trump’s current plan in August despite some reservations about taste.
-- Michael Muskal
Photo: Donald Trump plays a round of golf at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., in this file photo. Credit: Chad Rachman/Taylor Made/Associated Press