Ex-NJ Pol Accused Of Bribes Can't Keep Suit In Fed. Court

By Bill Wichert (January 6, 2017, 2:58 PM EST) -- A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday sent a lawsuit back to state court over claims that a former state assemblyman accepted bribes in exchange for awarding contracts while running a housing authority, saying the complaint only asserts state law claims and references to federal law do not create federal jurisdiction.

U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty granted the Hoboken Housing Authority's motion to remand its lawsuit against Carmelo Garcia, finding that the matter does not pass the test for "embedded" federal jurisdiction described in the U.S. Supreme Court's 2005 decision in Grable & Sons Metal Products, Inc. v. Darue Engineering &...

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