It’s Jersey Joe’s Nationalist Manifesto

A 94-page manifesto written by U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Pennacchio in 1991 that calls for, among other things, the elimination of Medicare/Medicaid, cuts in defense spending, camps for the homeless, better methods of birth control, criminal I.D. bracelets, forced military service, and forcing Israel to pay reparations to Jordan and an assimilated Palestinian population, and the creation of a third party, is likely to be the topic of considerable discussion among Republicans and Democrats over the next few days.

Pennacchio sent this manifesto to then-Assembly Minority Leader Chuck Haytaian in May 1991, along with a check for the ’91 Assembly GOP campaign and a request to see if there was a place in the New Jersey GOP for him. He ran for Congress three years later, challenging incumbent Rep. Dean Gallo in the Republican primary. Gallo won the primary by a 2-1 margin, and died of cancer a few months later.

It’s Jersey Joe’s Nationalist Manifesto