State, local pols to Gadhafi: Try the Waldorf instead

The tent that Gadhafi hopes to pitch in Englewood is about 10 times the size of a typical camping tent like this one, and it's air-conditioned.

Gov. Corzine said this week Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi "is not welcome" in New Jersey.Gov. Corzine said today Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi "is not welcome" in New Jersey.

"Gadhafi is not welcome in New Jersey by anyone's standards," Corzine said in a statement. "I'm not sure what our legal recourse is, but the fact is that he is not welcome."

Republican gubernatorial challenger Chris Christie issued a similar statement decrying the Libyan leader's plans to set up his tent in the Garden State.

And now Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes has announced he's going to court to halt renovation work being done at the mansion where Gadhafi wants to stay next month during his visit to United Nations General Assembly.

Cozzine said he is "angry, like every other New Jerseyan and every other American," about the release from prison of the Libyan national convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103. The terrorist act killed 270 people, including 38 from New Jersey.

Gadhafi might stay at a home in Englewood, N.J., owned by the Libyan government when he visits the United Nations in New York next month. He's expected to pitch a large tent he uses to welcome guests in the Bedouin style.

"Make no mistake, Gadhafi will not have a welcome mat laid out for him by the state of New Jersey, nor by the city of Englewood," Corzine said. "It might be better if he stayed in a hotel in New York City."

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An Inquirer editorial this week agreed: "The State Department shouldn't allow Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to set foot in New Jersey during his United Nations visit to New York."