Closing arguments in political corruption trial

April 12, 2009 8:57:38 AM PDT
The political corruption trial of a former New Jersey lawmaker is winding down. Closing arguments are set for Monday in the trial of former plumber-turned-senator Joseph Coniglio, who is accused of steering millions in grants to Hackensack University Medical Center in exchange for a low-show job.

Prosecutors say Coniglio, a 66-year-old Paramus Democrat, used his influence on the powerful Senate Budget Committee to steer more than $10 million to the hospital while on its payroll as a consultant.

Coniglio lawyer Gerald Krovatin says Coniglio did nothing wrong.

He says many lawmakers have other jobs.

Coniglio is charged federally with extortion and mail fraud in a case brought by former U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie.


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