Former assemblyman Mims Hackett Jr. pleaded guilty to one federal corruption charge Tuesday, hours after he resigned as mayor of Orange.He's going to likely spend 18-24 months in jail. Of the 12 people arrested, there have already been several plea deals and convictions. Still, it is the tip of the proverbial iceberg of corruption in New Jersey.
Hackett appeared in federal court in Newark Tuesday morning.
He had been charged with taking a $5,000 bribe to steer a city contract to an insurance broker.
The 66-year-old Hackett was among 12 people, including 11 public officials, arrested last fall on federal bribery charges.
The Democrat resigned from the Assembly days after his arrest. His mayoral term was set to expire on July 1.
There's still far too much pay to play and politicians think of their positions as one on which to get fat off taxpayers rather than serving for the common good.