Bloomfield Councilman Pleads Guilty

NEWARK, NJ – Bloomfield’s Councilman, Elias Chalet, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of bribery. Four other charges, including official misconduct, were dropped. Chalet is expected to be sentenced to five years in prison with two years of parole ineligibility. He appeared in Newark Superior Court before Judge Martin Cronin.

Chalet was arrested in November 2015 and was indicted in January this year on charges of official misconduct, bribery, evidence tampering and hindering apprehension. In June, Chalet pleaded not guilty and thus far, has rebuffed any plea deal in connection to the charges.

Chalet is still serving on the Bloomfield council after Bloomfield’s Mayor, Michael Venezia, and other council members had refused to pass a resolution demanding his resignation. This decision sparked a major debate during the mayoral primary election in 2016.

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