Closing arguments loom in trial of GOP powerbroker

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Testimony has concluded in the federal tax evasion trial of the head of one of New Jersey’s most powerful Republican county organizations.

A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments Friday in the case of Ocean County GOP head George Gilmore. He faces six counts including tax evasion and failing to pay payroll taxes. Among those testifying Wednesday on behalf of Gilmore were former Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey and former Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Gilmore didn’t testify. Prosecutors allege Gilmore spent lavishly on collectibles, including $82,000 for a woolly mammoth tusk, while failing to pay more than $1 million in taxes between 2013 and 2015. Gilmore’s attorney says his client reported all his income and was candid with the government about not being able to pay his taxes.