Former Ocean Township Mayor Terrance Weldon was sentenced today to nearly five years in federal prison.
Weldon, 59, served as Mayor of Ocean Township from 1991 until 2002, when he pleaded guilty to extortion accepting bribes of more than $64,000 from land developers. He was one of the first public officials arrested in Operation Bid Rig, which ultimately netted over 20 other officials.
The sentencing was delayed because of his cooperation with federal prosecurtors and for health reasons, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s office.
The Star-Ledger reported today that federal prosecutors had asked for leniency in Weldon’s sentence, but that U.S. District Judge William Walls wanted to impose a strict sentence.
“This is a sad chapter in the career of another corrupt public official in New Jersey,” said U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.