NJ assemblyman in court on corruption charges

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - September 8, 2009 Former Perth Amboy Mayor Joseph Vas was in court Tuesday to be arraigned on charges that he illegally got the city to pay his medical bills, had a contractor give him $25,000 in free home repairs, got the city to pay a $58,000 catering bill that was not put up for bid and illegally solicited campaign contributions from city workers.

The indictment on these charges came in May.

Vas had already been indicted on other conspiracy charges by a state grand jury. And in July, he was arrested in a federal conspiracy probe. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges so far.

The Legislature has suspended the Democrat's pay and benefits.

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