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Ex-N.J. mayor hid financial ties to developer doing business with town

 By S.P. Sullivan | NJ Advance Media for 
on April 19, 2016 at 4:58 PM, updated April 19, 2016 at 7:22 PM

Former Chesterfield official Lawrence Dur.

TRENTON — A former Burlington County mayor accused of hiding his ties to a developer doing business in his town will avoid jail time under a plea deal with the state, authorities said.

Lawrence Durr, the former mayor of Chesterfield Township, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single charge of third-degree conspiracy to tamper with public records during an appearance in front of Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert in Burlington County, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

Durr, who has also served as a committeeman and planning board member for his town, was accused of selling development rights on a 100-acre farm to Renaissance Properties, Inc. at a substantial profit and then using his official positions to advance the company’s interests in Chesterfield.

Authorities said he made at least $372,500 from the development rights deal.