Successor Picked for GOP Assemblyman in Corruption Bust

The term ends in January

Thursday, Aug 13, 2009  |  Updated 8:30 AM EDT
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Successor Picked for GOP Assemblyman in Corruption Bust

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Long Beach Township Commissioner DiAnne Gove will succeed former state Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt, who resigned his seat after he was arrested in a corruption sweep in New Jersey.

      Last night, delegates from Republican county committees in Ocean, Burlington and Atlantic counties selected Gove to complete Van Pelt's term ending in January and replace him on the fall election ballot.
    
Gove, who is 58, is expected to take office when the Assembly reconvenes after the Nov. 3 election.
    
Van Pelt, of Ocean, is charged with accepting a $10,000 bribe in exchange for promises to help speed building approvals.
    
When he resigned last month, Van Pelt said remaining in the Assembly would create a distraction and he hoped to tell the truth in the coming months and prove himself worthy of the public trust.

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