Donald Trump, the billionaire presidential candidate who likes to complain about national leaders making bad deals all the time, has faced his fair share of criticism for reneging on his own business deals.

A USA Today investigation out Thursday found hundreds of people who said Trump and his businesses failed to pay for their work.

Hundreds of those workers and contractors were in New Jersey, where Trump has owned casinos and continues to operate golf clubs.

Among the Garden State businesses and workers allegedly stiffed by Trump:

— A cabinet-making firm that says Trump didn’t pay a $83,600 bill for work during the 1990s at Harrah’s at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City

— Atlantic Plate Glass Co. said it was owed $1.5 million for work at the defunct Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.

— 253 subcontractors on the Taj Mahal casino said they were owed $69.5 million

— Trump Plaza in Atlantic City was hit with 21 violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act since 2005 for failing to pay overtime or minimum wage.

In an interview with the newspaper, Trump said he’ll “deduct from their contract, absolutely,” if a contractor doesn’t do a good job.

“That’s what the country should be doing,” he’s quoted as saying.


USA Today previously reported that Trump has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits.

Trump has been endorsed by Gov. Chris Christie, who has continued to stand by his friend The Donald amid recent flaps.

Trump's current business ventures in New Jersey include two residential towers in Jersey City and three golf courses. Trump’s four Atlantic City hotels and casinos have all either closed or been sold.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-438-1015 or email

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