State Senator Ellen Karcher is sponsoring a bill that would permit county prosecutors and New Jersey's Attorney General to seek damage fees against corrupt developers and use those fees to help repay the municipalities for the cost of corruption.
The bill would allow prosecutors to pursue monetary damages from developers convicted of bribing public officials in an effort to get approval for developments. Under the measure, developers could be charged with the crime of public corruption during a criminal trial. If convicted, they could face penalties of three times the value of any property involved in the crime, with an extra assessment of up to $500,000, depending on the severity of the crime. If the bill becomes law, fees collected from the corrupt developers would have to be reinvested in the municipality to offset any property tax increases caused by the development.
If this passes the fines can exceed what you would have made in the crooked deal.
I think if the state legislature doesn't do this then it spells out just how corrupt New Jersey is