One of McGreevey's top fundraisers pleads guilty to federal charges in Newark

One of Governor Jim McGreevey's (D-NJ) top campaign contributors pleaded guilty Wednesday to several federal charges.

Multi-millionaire real estate mogul Charles Kushner pleaded guilty to retaliating against a government witness, violating campaign finance laws and tax fraud.

A U.S. attorney says there is no question that Kushner was one of the most powerful and influential forces in the New Jersey and national political scene.

The attorney for Kushner says his client is a good man who has done something wrong. Kushner's attorney added his client has acknowledged his wrongdoing, accepted responsibility and offers no excuse.

Kushner was one of two Democratic fundraisers to be recently indicted on federal charges. In July, David D'Amiano was also accused by the government of trying to extort campaign money from a New Jersey farmer.

Kushner is due back in court on November 29. He is expected to be sentenced to 18 to 24 months in prison.

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