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State Settles $1.5 Million Whistleblower Suit for Plaintiff

In 2010, former Hunterdon County prosecutor saw indictment dismissed for what he believed were political reasons

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Ben Barlyn (left) and his lawyer in 2014

The state of New Jersey has settled a whistleblower lawsuit brought by Ben Barlyn, awarding the former Hunterdon County prosecutor $1.5 million.

Now a middle school teacher, Barlyn, in 2010, secured an indictment against the county sheriff and others for alleged abuses of power. These included providing a fake sheriff’s badge to a prominent backer of Gov. Chris Christie.

His indictment was tossed out by the attorney general, who was appointed by Christie and a supporter of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Read the full story on WNYC News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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