NJ official charged with misconduct for allegedly profiting from undisclosed development deal

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CHESTERFIELD, New Jersey — An official in southern New Jersey is facing misconduct charges for allegedly misusing a farm grant program to benefit financially.

The attorney general's office said Wednesday that 64-year-old Lawrence Durr of Chesterfield faced official misconduct and other charges.

Attorney James Gerrow said Durr had not violated any laws and that the charges reflected a "fundamental misunderstanding" of the farm program in question.

Prosecutors say Durr, a committeeman, mayor and planning board member in Chesterfield Township, allegedly entered an undisclosed deal to sell a developer transferrable development rights on a farm property that Durr bought next to his home.

Prosecutors say Durr used his position allegedly to make more than $370,000 in profit by taking advantage of a program that allows qualifying farm owners to sell development rights elsewhere.

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