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Qaddafi Won't Stay in New Jersey

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Jersey congressman Steve Rothman says Libyan leader Moammar Qaddifi will not be pitching his tent on Libyan-owned property in Englewood, New Jersey next month.

ROTHMAN: The representative of the Libyan government told me that the Libyan government had decided not to seek to have Muammar el-Qaddafi come to Englewood, New Jersey for the opening of the General Assembly of the United Nations this September -- but instead to have him seek a residence in Manhattan.]

REPORTER: The State Department has confirmed that Gaddhafi won't stay in Englewood, but it's not clear exactly where the Libyan leader will stay, since his movements will not be restricted during his US visit.

Earlier reports that Gadhafi would stay there sparked protests around New Jersey, which lost 38 residents in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The attack, which killed 270 people, is widely believed to be the work of Libyan intelligence. Gadhafi angered the U.S. and Britain last week by giving a hero's welcome to the only man convicted in the bombing; Scotland released him, saying he's terminally ill.

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