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State Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R-Montville). Photo by Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe

Pennacchio starts to separate himself from his manifesto

By David Wildstein, February 02 2018 10:49 am

About to enter the race for Congress, State Sen. Joe Pennacchio (R-Montville) is already beginning to inoculate himself from attacks on a controversial manifesto he authored that can easily be interpreted as anti-Israel.

Pennacchio introduced a Senate resolution yesterday that praises President Trump’s plan to move to U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

In 1991, Pennacchio self-published The Nationalist Agenda, a Blueprint for the 21st Century, a blue print of his ideas that some have referred to as “a little bit fascist.”

Under a section titled “Reparations,” Pennacchio called for “the United States, Israel and concerned nations (should) agree to provide Jordan and it newly-assimilated Palestinian population with long-term economic aid.”

Now Pennacchio is striking a more conciliatory tone amidst the backdrop of exploring a bid Rodney Frelinghuysen’ seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“The United States and Israel have been among the closest of allies since that nation’s founding following the horrors of the Holocaust,” Pennacchio said yesterday in announcing the introduction of his resolution. “The relocation of our embassy to Jerusalem sends a strong sign to the rest of the world that the United States still stands strong with Israel. The President deserves credit and support for his decision to move the embassy.”

Pennacchio mailed a copy of his manifesto to then-Assembly Minority Leader Garabed “Chuck” Haytaian in 1991, as a starting off point in pursuance of a career in politics.

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