NEWARK - A federal jury has acquitted Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez of corruption.

Suarez was among 44 politicians who were rounded up in last summer's federal corruption sting.

News 12 New Jersey spoke with Suarez as he left federal court in Newark this afternoon. The mayor was holding back tears at some points, talking about how he knew he was innocent and how hard everything has been for his family. He says he also fully intends to stay on as the mayor of Ridgefield.

Suarez was accused of taking $10,000 in bribes. If found guilty, he could have faced 20 years in prison.

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