- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A corrections officer charged in a hit-and-run accident that killed a prospective New Jersey legislative candidate and the Jersey City Republican Party chairman has made his initial court appearance.

Michael Hansen didn’t enter a plea during the brief hearing held Wednesday. The 38-year-old North Bergen man will remain in custody until at least Monday, when a detention hearing will be held to determine if bail will be set or if he’ll remain in custody until his trial.

Hudson County prosecutors say Hansen was driving a car that struck and killed Russell Maffei and Marie Tauro on Sunday night in North Bergen. Tauro planned to seek the GOP nomination for an Assembly seat.

Hansen faces two counts of leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death. His attorney declined comment on the charges.

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