A federal judge has given a former New Jersey union official a six month sentence for bribery.

Local 45 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers logo (Townsquare Media file image)

The Bureau of Prisons will determine whether James J. Kearney Sr., serves his time in prison or a halfway house.

The 76-year-old Belleville resident was formerly the business manager and an employee of the Jersey City-based Local 45 of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers.

He was arrested in November 2011 and pleaded guilty to unlawfully receiving a prohibited labor payment.

New Jersey's U.S. Attorney says Kearney agreed to help an undercover agent purchase union certification for non-union workers.

U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares sentenced Kearney Thursday in federal court in Newark.

Linares has also ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and $13,000 in restitution.

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