Ex-GOP operative to be sentenced today

Fourteen months after pleading guilty to overbilling the Burlington County Bridge Commission for lobbying and public relations fees, former GOP strategist Robert Stears will be sentenced by a federal judge today. Stears is a former partner of Republican State Chairman Tom Wilson.

He could face up to 25 years in prison, although the extensive delay in his sentencing could mean he has cooperated with federal prosecutors on other investigations. The U.S. Attorney’s office has repeatedly declined to discuss Stears.

Ex-GOP operative to be sentenced today