NJ town: Gadhafi not welcome

August 24, 2009 5:04:34 AM PDT
Officials are trying to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from staying in a northern New Jersey suburb on his first visit to the United States.

Libya is renovating a 25-room mansion that it bought in Englewood in 1982.

Newsweek reported Gadhafi may stay there if the State Department denies his request to pitch a Bedouin Tent in New York's Central Park when he speaks at the United Nations next month.

Rep. Steve Rothman, who represents Englewood, says his staff will contact the State Department Monday to determine where Gadhafi will stay. Rothman says officials should do everything to prevent Gadhafi from coming to the town, which is about 16 miles from New York.

Gadhafi praised Scotland's decision last week to release on humanitarian grounds the Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pam Am 103, which killed 270 people.

Relatives of the American victims expressed outrage.

Information from: The Record of Bergen County, http://www.northjersey.com


Load Comments