Ex-NJ lawmaker testifies in his trial

(AP) - A former New Jersey lawmaker on trial forcorruption says he believed a government informant to be a realestate developer who needed a consultant.

Former Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt testified that he saw what hethought was a legitimate business opportunity working for SolomonDwek, an FBI informant who posed as a crooked developer.

Van Pelt is accused of accepting $10,000 cash in exchange forhelping Dwek secure development permits.

Van Pelt says he was acting as a consultant.

Under questioning by his lawyer, the Ocean County Republicansaid Dwek's persistence made him uncomfortable.

Van Pelt was on the Waretown redevelopment board when Dwekapproached him about building in the town center.

Van Pelt was the first witness called as the defense beganpresenting its case Tuesday.

Related Stories:

FBI informant Dwek claims Long Branch mayor is corrupt

Jurors hear tapes of ex-NJ lawmaker, FBI informant

Ex-NJ lawmaker's corruption trial to begin

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."