Thousands of Trump Supporters Stage Rally at Jersey Shore

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) -

More than 2,000 supporters of President Donald Trump’s rallied Saturday at the Jersey shore, vowing their help in “making America great again,” one of several marches held across the nation.

The event was peaceful, though a smaller group of anti-Trump protesters provocatively pushed their way through the crowd and were confronted by supporters of the president. Undercover police officers immediately surrounded the anti-Trump group and walked them out of the crowd without further incident.

Borough Mayor Anthony Vaz had initially denied the request for a permit to stage the rally on the town’s boardwalk, citing concerns about potential clashes. But it was eventually approved to avoid any potential legal issues.

Many Trump backers carried homemade signs stating their support for him and his policies, while others carried American flags. Many also chanted “Trump” and “lock her up,” the latter a reference to Hillary Clinton.

“I’m here because Donald Trump is my hero and I’m trumping for him,” said Barbara Messano of Toms River. “I support him because he’s not a politician. He’s honest and a businessman, and I know he will do what’s best for the country.”