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Former NJ Senator to be Sentenced on Federal Corruption Charges

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

A former New Jersey state senator is to be sentenced on federal corruption charges today. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

In the sentencing documents, acting US Attorney Ralph Marra says Joseph Coniglio's actions were "so brazen" he should get the maximum 78 months in jail.

Back in April, the Bergen County Democrat was convicted on a half dozen corruption charges. They stemmed from his scheme to collect well over a $100,000 in fees from Hackensack University Medical Center in exchange for winning over a million dollars in state aid for the hospital.

The sentencing comes in the midst of a heated Gubernatorial campaign, in which corruption has become a central issue, and Bergen County a central battleground. Later this month, jury selection will begin in the Federal corruption trial of the county's former Democratic Party Chair Joseph Ferriero. He was credited for bringing the state's most vote rich county into the Democratic column. For WNYC I'm Bob Hennelly.

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