Englewood, New Jersey Wants To Block Moammar Gadhafi From Staying In Town

09/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) -- Officials are trying to prevent Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from staying in northern New Jersey when he visits the United States next month.

Libya is renovating a mansion that it bought in Englewood in 1982. People in the New York-area suburb are riled by reports that Gadhafi may stay in a Bedouin tent on the property when he speaks at the United Nations.

State Rep. Steve Rothman, who represents Englewood, says officials should do everything they can to prevent Gadhafi from coming to town.

Gadhafi praised Scotland's decision last week to release the Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pam Am 103, which killed 270 people.

Relatives of the American victims, some of whom live in New Jersey, expressed outrage.