Bloomfield Councilman Rejects Plea; Trial to Begin May 16
NEWARK, NJ – Bloomfield Councilman, Elias Chalet, will stand for trial on May 16 for allegedly accepting a bribe to use his political power. The Bloomfield councilman is accused of soliciting a $15,000 bribe in order to secure a real estate deal. Last week, Chalet rejected a plea bargain of seven years in state prison, with three years of parole.
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.