Vas drops re-election bid

Assemblyman Joseph Vas (D-Perth Amboy), who was indicted on Wednesday on state corruption charges, has notified Middlesex County Democrats that he will not seek re-election to a fourth term in the State Assembly this year.

Democratic leaders, including Gov. Jon Corzine, Speaker Joseph Roberts, State Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge), and Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan, have called on Vas, the former Mayor of Perth Amboy, to resign his Assembly seat immediately. Vas has had no public comment since his indictment.

This leaves Vas' would-be rival for the Democratic nomination, South Amboy Mayor Jack O'Leary, running unopposed. Vas drops re-election bid