JERSEY CITY, NJ - Former Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell has turned down a plea deal that would have come with a recommended five-year sentence in New Jersey State Prison and financial penalties, according to sources and published reports.

O’Donnell faces charges that he accepted a $10,000 bribe from what he thought was a campaign contributor during his 2018 race for mayor. O'Donnell lost that race to Mayor Jimmy Davis.

According to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal,  O’Donnell’s alleged wrongdoings were part of a major investigation of political corruption in Hudson and Morris counties conducted by the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA).

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Leo Hurley, representing, O’Donnell did not respond to requests for comment, nor did O’Donnell.

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