New York, NY —
A grand jury has charged Democratic New Jersey Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone and his wife Diane with taking more than $8,000 from state paychecks for legislative aides and moving the money into campaign and personal accounts. Chiappone represents Bayonne.
He told The Jersey Journal that he was expecting the indictment; his attorney calls his client's arrest "political prosecution".
Governor Corzine and other state Democrats are calling for Chiappone to resign his Assembly post.
The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a $150,000 fine.