Federal prosecutors on Monday began laying out their case to jurors that former state Sen. Wayne Bryant took a bribe when he received a no-work job at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.No-show jobs for well-connected Democrats? "Politics as usual in the Garden State"!
His defense lawyer challenged that assertion in his opening statement in a corruption trial that is expected to last six to eight weeks, saying Bryant did nothing nefarious, he was just conducting politics as usual in the Garden State. . . .
Bryant, 60, faces 12 charges in all and could face several years in prison if he is convicted. . . .
The central claim of the government's case is that UMDNJ created a job for Bryant that involved practically no work, but paid him $35,000 per year and increased his state pension. In return, Bryant would use his position as chairman of the important Senate budget committee to get more money for the school.
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