Vas was mayor of Perth Amboy in Middlesex County for 18 years, ending last year. He remains on the town's planning board and redevelopment agency.
He's been a member of the state Assembly since 2004, where he sponsored 22 ethics bills on corruption, campaign finance and election reform.
The 11-count indictment stems from his tenure as mayor.
A public works driver was also charged.
A spokeswoman for Vaz declined comment on the charges Wednesday afternoon.
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