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Presidents Who Have Visited Hoboken + Jersey City

by Danielle Lynch
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While Hoboken and Jersey City are just small pieces of land when it comes to the United States’ geography, we’re no stranger to having presidents visit our area. In honor of President’s Day, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to share the various presidents who have visited Hoboken and Jersey City to show their love for our neck of the proverbial woods — and maybe eat some delicious food, too. Read on to find out more about presidents who have visited Hoboken and Jersey City.

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Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, + George W. Bush in 2017 + Donald Trump (Date unknown)

PGA Presidents Cup JC

(Photo credit: @pga via Tim Mickelson on Twitter)

In 2017, former Presidents George Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama joined forces at The President’s Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City. The three former Presidents were seen embracing each other in a photo taken with JC Mayor Steven Fulop. The camaraderie shown in this picture restores our faith in politics and reminds us that at the end of the day, we are all just human. The NJ State Golf Association details that Liberty National is one of four golf clubs in the United States to host The President’s Cup, an international golf competition. Donald Trump has also been reported to have visited a course in Jersey City on a separate occasion.

Read More: Who Discovered Hoboken? A Brief History

President Joe Biden in 2012

Joe Biden Presidents Day

(Photo courtesy of Hoboken Walks via Facebook)

After the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, President Joe Biden visited the Mile Square to tour the Hoboken Terminal after suffering severe water damage from all of the flooding. While here, President Biden made sure to stop the iconic Benny Tudino’s for a slice and even sat down to talk with pizzeria owner, Bari “Benny” Drishti, for a bit — may he rest in peace.

President Biden also made it a point to swing by Hudson Tavern to visit, bar owner, Tom Brennan {brother of Former President Obama’s National Security Advisor}. In a YouTube video, He was spotted walking outside, interacting with Hoboken residents, and even squeezing in a few selfies at the Hoboken PATH train.

Ronald Reagan in 1984

Ronald Reagan made his debut in Hoboken at — what better than — the St. Ann’s Italian Festival in 1984 as part of his campaign. As he ate in the church gym with other Hoboken residents and parish members, he spoke about what led him to Hoboken (if the answer wasn’t zeppoles, then he was duped).

The invitation to the festival looked so appetizing, however, that he just couldn’t turn it down. Sources say his wife even said to him at one point, “Honey, I think you ought to go to Hoboken.”

And although Sinatra already preached about his hometown to Reagan, he felt compelled to pay the Mile Square visit, especially to try one of our famous zeppoles.

Woodrow Wilson in 1919

WWI Hoboken 2

(Photo courtesy of @hobokenmusem)

During World War I, Woodrow Wilson and his troops were based out of Hoboken. The Mile Square served as the main port for major shipping and passenger lines. Being a city right on the water was incredibly helpful during this time and Hoboken became a military town. According to The United States World War I Centennial Commission, former President Woodrow Wilson declared that all enemy aliens were not permitted to “live, work, or even travel within 100 yards of docks, piers, and waterfronts,” which left a thousand German families without homes. Hoboken even went through Prohibition in order to prevent soldiers from drinking, closing 278 of 338 saloons throughout the town.

See More: Then + Now: Former Factories Along Hoboken’s South End

Teddy Roosevelt in 1909

Teddy Roosevelt traveled a lot throughout his lifetime. In fact, a photographer captured a blurry photo in front of an Abercrombie & Fitch sign on the Hoboken waterfront prior to boarding a ship departing for Africa in March 1909.

If that’s not enough history for you, not to fret. Hoboken’s history can be truly appreciated by visiting the Hoboken Historical Museum at 1301 Hudson Street — as this short article is just the tip of the iceberg. Read more about the museum here.

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