New Jersey Senator Indicted

Friday, March 30, 2007

A sitting New Jersey state senator who once controlled millions of dollars in state aid is facing federal corruption charges. In a 40-page indictment made public yesterday, Senator Wayne Bryant is accused of using his clout to steer millions in grants to 2 state schools.

In return, the schools allegedly gave the Camden County Democrat no-show jobs and helped him pad his yearly pension. Also indicted with Bryant was R. Michael Gallagher, a former dean at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Osteopathic Medicine.

The indictment alleges that Gallagher capitalized on Bryant's influence to become dean, then put Bryant on the school's payroll. In exchange, the senator, who once chaired the Senate budget panel, looked out for the school's interests at budget time.

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