Gadhafi's Planned Visit to Jersey Sparks Fury

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2009 6:00 AM CDT
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi waves at the end of a meeting with hundreds of prominent Italian women in a concert hall in Rome earlier this summer.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
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(Newser) – Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi plans to visit New Jersey, perhaps unfortunately soon after he gave a hero's welcome to the freed Lockerbie bomber, reports the Washington Post, and Garden State residents aren't exactly rolling out the red carpet. Gadhafi plans to pitch his huge Bedouin tent in Englewood during his first trip in 40 years to America, where he'll speak at the UN. But his planned suburban foray is causing a diplomatic storm in a state that lost 38 lives in the crash of Pan Am Flight 103.

The House member representing Englewood has approached the State Department and White House, asking them to keep Gadhafi inside New York City. But the leader has already been rebuffed by City Hall; when he asked if he could camp in Central Park, Mike Bloomberg's office said no.