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NJ Congressman Protesting Qaddafi Visit

Friday, August 28, 2009

Muammar el-Qaddafi is coming to New York for the U.N.'s general assembly next month, and he and his traveling tent are allegedly planning to drop their stakes in Englewood, New Jersey. Libya owns a mansion in the suburban enclave, but his neighbors are protesting the visit. The town's congressman, Steve Rothman, speaking on the Brian Lehrer Show, says it's a matter of public safety.

ROTHMAN: We simply want to make sure that everybody is protected, and no foreign diplomat let alone one who is as controversial -- in my opinion one who has the blood of Americans on his hands -- belongs in a suburban neighborhood in Englewood when he or she is coming to visit the UN.

Rothman says New York City is given extra money to house diplomats in secure fashion. The congressman is hoping the White House will step in and bar Qaddafi from staying on the property.

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