Bencivengo's defense rests
By Matthew Arco | November 15th, 2012 - 1:10pm
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TRENTON – Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo will not take the stand in his criminal trial.

The mayor’s defense attorney, Jerome Ballarotto, called his last witness to the stand shortly before noon Thursday. Ballarotto indicated on Wednesday that Bencivengo, and possibly his estranged wife, could take the witness stand today during the mayor’s criminal case.

Judge Anne Thompson is expected to read to jurors the charges filed against the embattled mayor later this afternoon.

Jurors are then expected to return to court Monday to hear closing arguments before they go into deliberations.

Earlier trial coverage:

Former township official testifies that money woes led mayor to ask insurance broker for cash

FBI agent: Bencivengo looked 'shocked' when authorities played secret tapes

Day two of Bencivengo trial underway

Prosecutors hit play on Hamilton mayor recordings, Bencivengo says he 'can't get caught up' on bills

Star witness in Bencivengo trial: I dontated 'way more' than legal limit to local campaigns

Opening arguments made in Bencivengo trial

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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile

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