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Mon Oct 31, 2016, 07:07 PM

Donald Trump had a plan in the '80s to make Paramus great again

Twenty-eight years before Donald Trump’s turbulent run for the presidency, the developer was trying to win votes in Paramus for a project he vowed would transform the crossroads of the borough, the intersection of Routes 4 and 17.

Trump eventually abandoned the project — a massive mall, hotel and office complex called Trump Centre with two high-rise buildings, one 12 stories and the other 13 stories, which he promised with his characteristic braggadocio would be “the finest shopping center in New Jersey and beyond.” Along the way, he gave Paramus and North Jersey residents a preview of some of the talking points of his presidential campaign, including blustery claims about his building prowess and his ability to fix a long-standing government problem, lawsuits and insults against the competition, and an allegation that the approval process might be stacked against him.

The Trump Centre saga coincided with the years when Trump’s celebrity status was soaring. His book “The Art of the Deal” was on the bestseller lists; he had started his own airline, the Trump Shuttle; he had purchased the Plaza Hotel. Soon after, his finances and personal life hit a rocky patch with the divorce from Ivana Trump, the tabloid scandal with Marla Maples, and bankruptcy filings involving a casino and the Plaza.

But when Paramus first learned that Trump, then 41, wanted to plant his name on the most important piece of real estate in the borough, his celebrity status was so strong that he, and many residents, figured the project was unstoppable.

Read more: http://www.northjersey.com/news/donald-trump-had-a-plan-in-the-80s-to-make-paramus-great-again-1.1683926

[font color=330099]Trump couldn't make Paramus great again so why does anyone think that he will make America great again?[/font]

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