NJ lawmaker facing charges

March 11, 2009 1:21:22 PM PDT
A Democratic leader in the New Jersey Assembly and a longtime Central New Jersey mayor has been charged with political corruption. Joseph Vas faces charges of bid-rigging, misappropriating expense funds, conspiracy and official misconduct. Attorney General Anne Milgram announced the state charges Wednesday.

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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