In New Jersey, public officials accused of accepting bribes usually don't resign before a resolution of their case. Look at Harrison Williams, who served in the United States Senate from 1959 to 1982. He was accused of taking a bribe from an FBI agent posing as an arab sheik in February 1980. He was indicted in October 1980, and convicted in March 1981. But he remained in office, maintaining his innocence, while appealing the verdict. He didn't resign until the Senate was about to expel him in March 1982.