Jurors hear tapes of ex-NJ lawmaker, FBI informant

(AP) - Jurors in the corruption trial of a formerNew Jersey lawmaker were replayed conversations between thedefendant and an FBI informant leading up to a $10,000 payment.

Former New Jersey Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt is accused ofaccepting the cash from the fictional developer to expediteapprovals for a commercial building project in his hometown ofWaretown.

His lawyers say he was acting as a paid consultant to facilitatedevelopment on a 200-acre tract.

Solomon Dwek became a government witness after pleading guiltyto bank fraud.

Van Pelt is heard on one tape saying he'd hold onto the paymentbut remained unsure what he would do with it.

At another point, Van Pelt said he'd help get Dwek's projectapproved for free, though Dwek said Van Pelt never offered toreturn the cash.

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