By Matt Friedman | March 17th, 2008 - 4:17pm
| More

Seventeen years after it was written, a booklet authored by U.S. Senate candidate Joe Pennacchio has reemerged as a campaign issue.

Pennacchio’s Republican rival, Murray Sabrin, has begun distributing copies of the book, calling it a “fascist manifesto” and demanding that Pennacchio not only drop his Senate candidacy, but resign from his state Senate seat as well. Sabrin plans to hold a press conference on the topic this afternoon.

"These kinds of things are completely unacceptable. They’re disturbing and they’re hurtful," said Sabrin spokesman George Ajjan, noting that Sabrin's parents were holocaust survivors. "When you come from a background like Murray’s and you have an opponent who’s talking about camps of any kind, it’s extremely disturbing and unacceptable.”

This is not the first time that work has been raised in a political campaign. In 1994, when Pennacchio challenged Dean Gallo in the Republican congressional primary, excerpts were taken and distributed by Gallo’s campaign.

But Pennacchio argues that the book was a series of policy papers he wrote years ago filled with some ideas that he still holds true to, along with some ideas that he has “evolved” beyond.

The book, entitled The Nationalist Agenda: A Blueprint for the 21st Century and written under the pen name “Joseph Penn,” advocates setting up an organization called “The Nationalist Party” to challenge the conventional wisdom of Democrats and Republicans.

Below are some of the more controversial ideas from the book:

  • Putting homeless people into different domestic military camps as a temporary solution, where non drug or alcohol addicted people will be given vocational training. Those with chemical dependencies would be separated into other camps where they would be provided with treatment.

“Why not put many of existing domestic military basis to good use?... Our national defense should not be limited to defense of foreign invaders. The enemy within, consisting of poverty and despair can be a far more immediate and destructive force.”

  • Freezing Social Security and Medicare benefit rates for one year in order to make room for the needs of other citizens.

“We cannot keep feeding our seniors 72% of the entitlement pie while the rest of the citizenship looks on in hunger.”

  • Distribution of RU-486, an abortion drug that was not on the American market at the time in order to eliminate the need for surgical abortions in early pregnancy.

"The Nationalist Party is dedicated to the education and encouragement of family planning through contraception."

  • Changing the color of currency every few years so as to thwart the black market. Americans would periodically exchange old money for new money at banks, who would have to report any exchange of $1,000 or more to the Internal Revenue Service.

“The easiest way to stop this cash economy is to exchange all present money for new “colored money. In the future do this periodically ever number of years. Coloring the money from green to blue, for instance, would cause fits for this illegal black market.”

  • Cutting the military’s budget, including the “Star Wars” programs that had previously been touted by the Reagan administration if the Soviet Union behaved responsibly.
  • An Equal Rights Amendment that guarantees equal pay for both sexes for equal work, but acknowledges physical differences.

"This would allow them equal pay for equal work but would prevent women from taking on jobs for which they are not physically able.”

  • Pennacchio writes that the government was not able to bring “swift and direct retribution” for the assassination of political figures like John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr – leading people to speculate about conspiracy theories.

“Criminals saw that you could kill the President of the United States and get away with it. What fear of law and order should any criminal have? As new revelations are made about John Kennedy’s assassination, it becomes very difficult to believe that there wasn’t a conspiracy involved. This insured a continued erosion in the American peoples’ faith in their government’s system or law and order.”

UPDATED: Pennacchio: What of it?

EARLIER: Jersey Joe's '91 "Nationalist Agenda"

 

The Back Room

Christie campaigns in New Hampshire

When asked in New Hamsphire today about whether he was considering a presidential run in 2016, Gov. Chris Christie said he wouldn’t discuss his plans until after November.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: September 17th

U.S. Senate race: Bell defends gold standard stance MONTCLAIR - On the same day he was politically brickbatted by the chief adviser to the last Republican challenger to incumbent U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), GOP Senate candidate Jeff Bell stood by a key plank of policy platform: monetary reform...

Op-Ed

Legislation needed for publicly financed gubernatorial elections

By JEFF BRINDLE It is critical that the Legislature soon enact a pending bill that would ensure the state’s Gubernatorial Public Financing Program is available in the event of a special election for governor.  Not only is there no current legal... Read More >

Contributors

(9-17-14) Viral Video Prompts Questionable NJ Municipal Ordinance -  Socrates said, “While I might disagree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say... more »
The Correct Foreign Policy – Neither Fortress America Nor Pax Americana      Last week marked the 75th anniversary of the beginning of World War 2.  It started with the... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

“Clearly there’s some resemblance with Theodore Roosevelt. That direct confrontational style of leadership.” - historian Doris Hearns Goodwin, referring to Gov. Chris Christie.

- The Times of Trenton

Poll

Who would make the best running mate for Chris Christie if he lands the GOP nomination for president?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources