NEWARK — A New Jersey appeals court has ruled against a former assistant county prosecutor who claims his 2010 firing was politically motivated.

Wednesday's ruling denied Bennett Barlyn access to grand jury transcripts from a case that is at the heart of his lawsuit against the state.

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Barlyn is suing over his firing from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office. Barlyn claims he was fired after he complained about the dropping of a 43-count indictment against then-Hunterdon County Sheriff Deborah Trout and two subordinates.

Barlyn claims the Attorney General's Office took over the case and dropped the indictment because of political pressure, possibly from as high up as Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie has denied any involvement.

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