Should Muammar Qaddafi Move to New Jersey?
Among his far-flung real estate
holdings, murderous dictator Muammar Qaddafi of Libya counts a mansion
(see photo below) in the wealthy New York City suburb of Englewood, N.J.
, as part of his housing portfolio. Wonder why he hasn't moved here already? After all shopping at the Paramus Mall has to beat taking the heat back in his homeland.
The Libyan government (i.e., Qaddafi) bought the Englewood estate back in 1982 initially for the Libyan ambassador to the United Nations. The property came up in 2009 in the press when Qaddafi was last in the United States for his United Nations address, pictured left. His plan had been to put up a Bedouin-style tent on property, which sits next to a Jewish school. Locals protested the plan and New Jersey politicians eventually convinced the Libyan leader to confine his visit to Manhattan.
The home is sovereign Libyan territory, so whomever lives there, lives tax-free.
Other notable Englewood neighbors include Eddie Murphy, John Travolta and rapper Lil' Kim.
Celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is also a neighbor. He has actively protested the continued presence of Qaddafi in his 'hood.
"We, the residents of Englewood, pay for his trash removal, police protection and other basic services," Boteach wrote recently in the Jerusalem Post. "My city allows this shameful state of affairs. There has not been a lawsuit to try to push the Libyans out, or get them to at least pay taxes in almost 30 years!" Boteach also contributed similar comments to the Huffington Post.
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