President Barack Obama is visiting New Jersey on Sunday and has a meeting scheduled with the state’s most popular sport: golf.
The White House did not release details of the golf outing but said it will be an opportunity for the president to hear about how the sport is faring in New Jersey and talk about the president’s commitment to improving the lives of young people and families.
“The president has made a big deal out of the fact that he is playing golf on the weekends and that he loves the game and wants to make it a great part of the lives and livelihoods of so many Americans,” a White House official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the meeting is private.
Obama is taking advantage of a break from golf as part of his “Saturday Night Live” tour, a weeklong series of skits that often takes him to different parts of the country.
In New Jersey, he is set to meet with the owner of the Newark Devils hockey team, Joe Bancroft, as well as the owner and president of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Bancrowt owns the Newark Red Wings hockey team and has been a long-time supporter of Obama, a close friend.
Bancrof has been instrumental in Obama’s decision to invest in the region, which is still struggling to recover from the devastating storm.
The president has also been making the case for the region to invest more in infrastructure and schools, as a way to attract business.
Obama and Bancrot have also met with the owners of the Red Wings’ AHL team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, and the city of Flint, Michigan.
A spokeswoman for the Newark mayor’s office said the meeting will be open to the public, but declined to elaborate on who would be in attendance.
Last year, the president announced plans to invest $200 million in a new golf course at the site of the former United States Post Office in Fort Lee, N.J., a move that angered some community leaders who saw the project as a private club.
The project was eventually dropped amid criticism that the project could harm the city’s reputation.
The White, House and Newark offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Sunday.
As Obama has been touring New Jersey in recent weeks, his administration has also stepped up efforts to boost the state and its sports programs.
Last month, Obama awarded $20 million to the state for sports-related education, including a $3.5 million grant to the Newark Sports Foundation, which aims to train students in the basics of sports.
He also announced a $250 million sports-focused economic development program.
There has also recently been a push by the White House to increase federal support for state and local sports.
The administration announced in May that it is giving $1.9 million to two teams that play in the New York Metropolitan Division, the National Football League’s second division.
The White House also announced last week that it will give $2.4 million for the construction of a $1 million indoor football facility in Newark.
With all that attention to sports, Obama is often at odds with his administration on other matters.
For example, the White White House has been criticized for not providing more money to a small nonprofit group that helps provide mental health and substance abuse treatment to youth in troubled communities.
That group, Young Americans for Freedom, has also received criticism for trying to push for gun control and has faced allegations of political interference.
For his part, Obama has often pointed to his administration’s work on behalf of the disabled and veterans as a sign of progress.
He has also said that he will support legislation to expand access to affordable housing and support for low-income workers.
Obama has also taken advantage of his trip to New Jersey to meet privately with top business leaders.
The leaders of several major companies, including General Motors Co., Pfizer Inc., Apple Inc. and General Electric Co., met with Obama last month to discuss ways to create jobs and improve economic conditions.
While Obama has previously touted his economic recovery, he has struggled to explain how the jobs created in recent years were primarily driven by workers who were newly displaced by the recession.
One of the major problems with Obama’s approach is that the White, White House and White House offices do not release a breakdown of how much money the president has donated to various causes over the years.
According to records obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request, Obama’s administration has given more than $12 million to a number of nonprofit organizations over the past five years, most of which have been designated as charities.
The Associated, in its request, did not specify how much of that money was directly for the jobs and economic development efforts, but instead noted that the money is for the administration’s “strengthening of economic opportunity in communities where jobs have been lost