(CNN) – Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi "will not be staying in Englewood, New Jersey, if he comes to the United States" for the U.N. General Assembly next month, a congressman leading the effort to keep him away said Friday.
Rep. Steve Rothman, D-New Jersey, issued a statement Friday saying that's what he had been told by representatives of the Libyan government.
The State Department said it could not confirm the move, and Rothman said the decision also had not been confirmed by the White House. The Libyan Embassy could not be reached for comment.
Rothman welcomed the news, saying Gadhafi's "appearance would have presented unnecessary safety and security issues for the residents of Englewood and the Libyan diplomats."