One of President Donald Trump’s New Jersey golf courses could have its liquor license revoked after a 2015 fatal car crash involving one of Trump’s customers, according to a letter from the state obtained by The Washington Post.
The letter was sent by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s office on October 21 to Trump’s Colts Neck, NJ, course, where a man was allegedly over-served alcohol before eventually causing a car wreck that killed his own father.
The customer, Andrew G. Halder, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide last year, The Post reported.
According to the letter, Trump’s golf club “violated the terms of its license by serving a man named Andrew Halder when Halder already appeared intoxicated” and also “violated its license by selling alcoholic drinks other than beer on carts roaming the golf course itself.”
Grewal’s office noted that the typical punishment for such offenses would be a 25-day suspension of the establishment’s liquor license but pointed to “aggravating circumstances” in seeking a complete revocation.
If the club’s license is revoked, it could mean dire consequences for Trump’s business — and not only the Colts Neck course.
The Post noted that New Jersey law stipulates that “anyone who has one liquor license revoked must also give up all their other liquor licenses for two years,” which means Trump’s two other golf clubs in the state — including the one in Bedminster, dubbed the summer White House — would lose their licenses as well.
Golf courses rely on liquor sales to “to draw extra revenue from members and to book banquets for outside guests,” and without such revenue, it would be difficult to survive.
Trump bought the Colts Neck golf club in 2008 for $28 million, The Post reported, and is still paying an $18 million loan related to the purchase.