Trump and surprise guest Vice presidential hopeful welcomes 'mega crowd' at New Jersey rally amid secret money hearing

Donald Trump flies to welcome thousands of supporters to his seaside rally in Wildwood, New Jersey on Saturday. Amid major speculation about who his final running mate would be, the former president was accompanied by an unexpected surprise guest, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum. Together, they arrived at the venue in the presumptive GOP nominee's 'Trump Force One' campaign plane.

Former US President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Wildwood, New Jersey, US, on May 11, 2024. Reuters/Evelyn Hockstein(Reuters)

The rumored vice presidential contender, along with his wife Katherine, came out in support of the former president's bid for Term 2, the New York Post reported.

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The US news website said officials believe up to 80,000 people are expected to turn out in support of Trump, the first major rally in the area since 2020.

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Donald Trump's New Jersey rally welcomes “mega crowd” with festival-like energy

A wild scene broke out at Wildwood Beach on May 11 as people lined up to catch a glimpse of the former president. Many of these Trump supporters traveled hours to attend the rally on the beach, with hundreds of them even setting up camp on the boardwalk, reports.

Trump's appearance Saturday evening in the southern New Jersey resort town followed a week of legal wrangling in court for his ongoing felony money laundering case, which also includes several other charges that could potentially result in Trump's conviction on Election Day. could have been held, which is less than six months. away.

According to the Associated Press, Representative Jeff Van Drew described the gathering of thousands of people as the largest political turnout in state history. Trump loyalists gathered around the arena hours before his arrival, covered in paraphernalia signaling their allegiance to the former president.

Many wore “Never Surrender” T-shirts and red “Make America Great Again” hats. Other photos of the gathering on the beach also show them attending tailgate parties before the rally, painting an almost festive picture.

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