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Trenton in Limbo as Convicted Mayor Fights Ouster

Trenton’s convicted mayor is refusing to leave office, and that’s slowing the pace of city business and forcing officials to work around him.

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack during his initial arrest
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack during his initial arrest in September, 2012 (Brian McCarthy, On Scene News)

Mayor Tony Mack was convicted of bribery, fraud and extortion two weeks ago. Under state law, people convicted of corruption cannot continue to hold public office. But since Mack has refused to step down, the state has been forced to go to court to have him removed.

A court hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

City council president George Muschal, who is line to take from Mack, tells The Times of Trenton that Mack is holding the city hostage. City officials have stopped sending contracts for the mayor to sign, and the state Department of Community Affairs says it is bypassing the mayor as well.

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