NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A verdict remains elusive in the extortion and bribery trial of a northern New Jersey mayor and an associate.

Jurors are deliberating for a third day in the trial of Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez and tax preparer Vincent Tabbachino. Before leaving Monday, jurors told U.S. District Judge Jose Linares they had reached an impasse on some counts.

Suarez and Tabbachino are accused of taking money from a federal informant posing as a corrupt developer in a cash-for-influence scheme. Both men testified during the two-week trial.

They were among 46 people arrested in last year’s massive federal corruption sting. Since then, nearly half those arrested have pleaded guilty or been convicted.

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