Indicted Mayor mulls re-election bid

Keyport Mayor John Merla, who is accused in an eight-count federal indictment of taking a $23,000 bribe from an undercover FBI agent whom he thought as a crooked contractor, says he might seek re-election as an Independent in November. Merla left the GOP after he was arrested in a sweep on allegedly corrupt Monmouth officials next year. The Republicans have not yet chosen a candidate, and the Democrats are running Robert Bergen, a Councilman.

Indicted Mayor mulls re-election bid