Some Charges in N.J. Corruption Sting Case Dismissed
By Aruna Viswanatha | May 18, 2022 1:24 pm

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A federal judge in Newark dismissed several charges Tuesday against a former New Jersey state assemblyman who was among 44 state officials arrested in massive July 2009 public corruption sting, according to The Star-Ledger.

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The assemblyman, Louis Manzo, and his brother Ronald are accused of accepting $27,500 in illegal campaign contributions while Louis was running for mayor of Jersey City. The money, allegedly paid in exchange for help with building permits, came from an individual who was operating as an FBI informant.

The brothers were initially charged with conspiring to commit extortion and attempted extortion, among other charges. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Jose Linares rejected the extortion charges against the brothers because neither held public office when the alleged bribery occurred. The Manzos still faces wire fraud and bribery charges.

Manzo, a Democrat, has argued the case was a ploy to help elect the former U.S. Attorney in New Jersey, Chris Christie, in what turned out to be his successful bid for governor.

The Associated Press reported last year that the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility had opened an internal investigation into comments made by then acting U.S. Attorney Ralph Marra at a news conference announcing the sting case.

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