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(CNN) -- Eleven public officials were arrested in New Jersey as part of a corruption investigation, the U.S. Attorney General's office announced Thursday.
The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey, citing sources close to the investigation, reported that the officials were arrested on bribery charges pertaining to roofing and insurance contracts.
The 18-month investigation, which included undercover operations and secret recordings, focused on officials in Passaic, Essex and Atlantic counties, sources told the newspaper.
The probe targeted school board members, state lawmakers, mayors and city officials, the sources said, according to The Star-Ledger.
U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie and FBI agent Weysan Dun are expected to announce the charges and provide details at a 3:30 p.m. news conference in front of the federal courthouse in Trenton.
Those arrested will begin making appearances before a judge at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The names of those arrested are expected to be released before noon.