Several people have been arrested in a political corruption bust that targeted bribery in New Jersey, POLITICO reports.
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced Thursday that five people were arrested in the sweep, which targeted either those that have held office in the state or were candidates.
The following defendants were charged in criminal complaints with second-degree bribery in official and political matters:
- Sudhan Thomas (NP), a Jersey City school board president
- Jason O’Donnell (D), a former state Assemblyman and former Bayonne mayoral candidate
- John Cesaro (R), a former Morris County freeholder
- John Windish (R), a former Mount Arlington Council member
- Mary Dougherty (D), a former Morris County Freeholder candidate and the wife of current Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty
Thomas, Cesaro and Windish are also charged with second-degree acceptance or receipt of unlawful benefit by a public servant for official behavior.
The arrests were all part of a “major investigation” into political corruption conducted by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, according to the attorney general’s release.