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Judge blocks construction work on Gadhafi’s NJ estate

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By Michelle Malkin  •  August 31, 2009 08:34 PM

The Libyan government defied work-stoppage orders on its construction project at Moammar Gadhafi’s NJ compound.

Now, a judge has issued a halt to work on the Libyan estate’s driveway.

Just in tonight:

A judge has ordered a halt to work being done outside a northern New Jersey mansion where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi wanted to stay during his first U.S. visit.

Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes wants all renovations at the 5-acre estate stopped to prevent Gadhafi from staying there when he visits the United Nations in September. A judge gave Wildes a partial victory Monday, stopping work on the estate’s pool and driveway.

The dispute arose after a Scottish court freed a man convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and let him go back to Libya. The bombing killed 270 people, including 97 from New Jersey or New York.

The Libyans have promised Gadhafi will stay elsewhere. They say there was no need for the mayor’s lawsuit.

Memo to the State Department: There is no need to allow Gadhafi to come here in the first place.