As the 2016 presidential election heats up, Donald Trump has said he’d like to see a new barber store built in the city.
In an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press, he said he wants to bring back the iconic barbershop where he grew up in New York.
“If you go back to when I was a kid, the barbers were all big men, and the barber was a real, big man, and they used to go down to the saloon and shave your head,” Trump said.
“And they did it really well, and it was the great barbershops of yesteryear.
I think we could do a lot better.”
Trump was referring to the bar-and-restaurant chain that opened in the early 1960s, when Trump grew up.
Barbers and salons have since been replaced by chain restaurants and other services, but Trump’s barbers are still seen as iconic.
“The barbers did it very well,” Trump told NBC’s Chuck Todd in an interview airing Wednesday night.
“I have a barber in New Jersey, and he has the best barber shops.
And I think they should be allowed to be in the United States.
I know a guy, who has his own barbers shop, and I just don’t think they’re allowed to come here.”
The barbers’ union, which represents some 2,000 workers in New England, told NBC News it’s considering whether to file a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
But it’s unclear if the bar association has the legal authority to challenge the city’s barber-restoration plan, which includes hiring more workers, expanding the number of hours, and revamping the licensing process for the business.
The union said the proposal would allow the chain to “run a business where they can hire thousands of people with little or no training and who have no background in their industry.”
“If this was a franchise company, you’d have to pay the franchisee to have that type of experience,” said Dan Coughlin, the union’s general counsel.
“You’d have a huge headache if you didn’t have someone in that particular position.
So the real issue is whether or not this is the right kind of franchise for a business that’s been around for a very long time.”
The proposed plan is a response to the backlash following a city ordinance last year that gave New Jersey residents the right to decide whether or how to manage their own businesses, such as whether to allow a chain restaurant or barbers to open.
The new ordinance allows businesses to open within a certain distance from their homes, and prohibits barbers and barbers associations from allowing them to use their names and images for promotional purposes.
In response to that ordinance, some businesses began using Trump’s name, along with the hashtag #TrumpBarbersRestoration.
A coalition of businesses, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, signed a petition asking New Jersey’s Republican-led Legislature to repeal the law.
In the past, Trump has expressed support for barbers.
In a recent interview with CBS’ Charlie Rose, Trump said that if the industry wants to open in New Brunswick, he’d be open to it.
“It would be a great thing, to have a beautiful, beautiful place to do it, because I know the bar, and when I went back to New York, they used very, very beautiful barbers,” Trump replied.
“They were doing things that were very, much more expensive than what we would be doing here.
But they were very beautiful.
I would be very interested in it.”
But the proposed plan would not allow a franchise or franchised barbers association to operate.
The proposal would also require the city to open a public hearing on whether or when to allow the bar owners to operate a barbers establishment.
The proposed regulations, which have been criticized by the local bar association, are still being discussed at a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday morning.
“This is just another way for the Trump administration to undermine local community control of their local businesses and our local economies,” Barbers for Trump spokesperson Emily Smith told NBC New York in a statement.
“We urge New Jersey and other states to oppose this effort and to support the right of all businesses to set their own rules.”