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Gaddafi visits New Jersey: Your comments

Col Gaddafi

The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi might pitch his tent in the US state of New Jersey next month when he attends the UN General Assembly.

Col Gaddafi is expected to set up his Bedouin-style tent on Libyan Embassy-owned land in the town of Englewood. Officials in the state have reacted angrily to the possibility of his visit.

Here BBC News website readers in New Jersey give their views on whether the Libyan leader will be welcomed in the state.


Libyan mansion in Englewood (24 August 2009)
The Libyan embassy has owned the mansion in Englewood since 1982

I know that many are angry about Gaddafi's recent reception of the Lockerbie bomber in his country but in this country you can stay anyplace you like - even if the neighbours don't like it. Folks may complain and gripe about his presence here but it's private property so there is truly little that can be done. New Jersey and Englewood in particular need to concern themselves with having better schools and lowering taxes rather than this topic.
Peg G, Englewood, NJ

He is not welcome in New Jersey, nor is he welcome in any part of the United States. He should never be allowed here. Susan Roth, Denville, NJ

Gaddafi is a funny character but at the same time he has been of help to the US over the last five to ten years. He got rid of his nuclear stockpiles and gave us information on terrorists.
Sean M Reddan, Riverton, NJ

The reality is that American demonstrators have been fed spin.
Neil Hastings

The protests held in New Jersey are no different than the protests that are fabricated in nations such as China and Iran. The only difference is that Americans believe they initiate their protests by practicing their democratic rights. The reality is that American demonstrators have been fed spin regurgitated by their venal leaders and America's ridiculously childish news media. America is a very powerful, but collectively very ignorant nation, a very dangerous combination.
Neil Hastings, Flemington, NJ

I hope he does come. We will then see what the people of NJ are made of. I would love to see hundreds or thousands camp out besides him - protesting, chanting, playing loud music throughout the night. This way, he'll get the same amount of sleep the families of the Lockerbie victims have gotten.
Christopher Occhicone, Allendale, NJ

While it doesn't seem like a punishment that fits the crime, keeping Gaddafi out of our state sends a clear message: you, sir, are a thug. New Jersey has no need to import another, not even for a visit.
James Mendello, Bloomfield, NJ

I have to echo the sentiments of my state's elected leaders. We don't need the kind of press or security concerns that Gaddafi's stay would generate. Let him pitch his tent at UN.
Chris, Cresskill, NJ

It may not be pleasant for him to stay here but the Libyan government does own the house. Doesn't he have the right to go there? Still, people can let him know how they feel and express their opinions. He may not feel very comfortable with several hundred protesters outside. Then, he will leave.
A. Fernandez, Jersey City, NJ

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What has happened to the principals behind, "the land of the free and the home of the brave"? Our freedoms have been compromised or taken away by terrorists and politicians. To let a leader of a country that admitted responsibility for the deaths of so many Americans and a leader who would praise the release of a convicted assassin, is a slap in the face of all those who died and those who lost loved ones.
Dean Messina, Iselin, NJ

I have resided in New Jersey for 30 years and am perplexed over the currently orchestrated campaign of hostility against Gaddafi. I believe Mr Gaddafi should be left alone to pitch his tent wherever he pleases and that orchestrated campaign is nothing but racist and untypical of the great state of New Jersey.
Mead Cherifi, Long Valley, NJ

It's actually nice to see our public officials taking a moral stand.

It's actually nice to see our public officials here in the "Soprano State" taking a moral stand against something. Here in NJ, we were battered on 9/11. We feel as if we are on the frontlines, and future terrorist strikes will likely target our area again. This visit is a disgrace and an insult.
George, NJ

I have no problem whatsoever with this man visiting my state. Politicians play politics, that's all these NJ officials are doing.
Alex, Princeton, NJ

Englewood is my hometown and this controversy has risen before here when Libya bought the property. This is a small suburban town and the property sits on the main road. I don't feel passionately that he be barred however, I don't think his security can necessarily be guaranteed and if he does show up.
David, Englewood, NJ

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