Barbera pleads guilty

Former Atlantic County GOP Treasurer Frank Barbera pleaded guilty yesterday to paying a $5,000 bribe to former Atlantic City Council President Craig Callaway in 2005.

Barbera, a real estate broker who was working on behalf of unnamed developers, made the bribe in exchange for Callaway’s influence in developing the Bader Field, the city’s former airport.

In September, about a month before he was arrested, Barbera attempted suicide by shooting himself in the chest. Barbera’s friendship with Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson was used as a campaign issue by Levinson’s opponent, Sheriff Jim McGettigan. Barbera pleads guilty