Informant says cash to ex-NJ lawmaker was payoff

(AP) - An FBI informant posing as a crooked realestate developer says he offered a former New Jersey lawmakerpayment for official action just like he did with numerous otherpoliticians.

But Solomon Dwek acknowledged under cross-examination that hepushed former Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt hard to accept a payoff.

The government's star witness in Van Pelt's corruption trial istestifying for the third day.

Van Pelt is accused of accepting $10,000 cash in a whiteenvelope from Dwek.

Van Pelt's lawyers say the Ocean County Republican was acting asa paid consultant discussing what he thought was a legitimateredevelopment proposal.

A taped conversation played to the jury showed Van Peltsuggesting that Dwek hire him as a consultant. Dwek contends theword 'consultant' was code for 'bribe.'

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