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.
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