So… you talked to FEDERAL prosecutors. That’s nice, really, it is. Hang on…. did you talk to any NJ STATE prosecutors? Google is your friend. N.J.S.A. 2C:30-2
A public servant is guilty of official misconduct when, with purpose to obtain a benefit for himself or another or to injure or to deprive another of a benefit: a. He commits an act relating to his office but constituting an unauthorized exercise of his official functions, knowing that such act is unauthorized or he is committing such act in an unauthorized manner. N.J.S.A. 2C:30-6:
This section makes it a crime for a public official purporting to act in an official capacity to deprive another individual of his or her civil rights. It requires knowledge that the conduct is unlawful and with the purpose to intimidate or discriminate against an individual or group of individuals because of race, color, religion, gender, handicap, sexual orientation or ethnicity through (1) unlawful arrest or detention including but not limited to motor vehicle investigative stops, searches and seizures; or (2) the denial or impeding of another’s lawful exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power or immunity. Crime of Pattern of Official Misconduct, N.J.S.A. 2C:30-7:
A person commits such an offense if he or she commits two (2) or more acts that violate the provisions of N.J.S.A. 2C:30-2, supra, or N.J.S.A. 2C:30-6. This is a separate crime of the second degree if one of the acts committed is a first or second degree crime, otherwise, it is a crime of the third degree. However, it is treated more harshly in that the presumption of non-imprisonment for third degree offenses under N.J.S.A. 2C:44-1 is expressly inapplicable to such a violation. Threats And Other Improper Influence In Official And Political Matters, N.J.S.A. 2C:27-3:
Under this provision, a person commits a crime if he or she directly or indirectly threatens unlawful harm to any person with a purpose to influence official action or the performance of an official duty. A violation does not require a threat of “harm” in an injury or damage sense, but would, for example, include a threat to disclose embarrassing information. See State v.Scirrotto, supra.