Should Muammar Qaddafi Move to New Jersey?

Muammar el-Qaddafi
Muammar el-Qaddafi

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.