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Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Refuses to Resign [AUDIO]

As violent criminal activity in Trenton continues to escalate, Mayor Tony Mack is once again calling on state lawmakers to funnel millions of dollars to the city so more police officers can be hired.

Trenton Tony Mack at a press conference to discuss crime
Trenton Tony Mack at a press conference to discuss crime (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)

During a long news conference, Mayor Tony Mack, who is facing federal corruption charges, was interrupted several times by local residents calling on him to resign, but he brushed aside those suggestions.

“This is not the time for political posturing or finger-pointing,” he told reporters and onlookers.

Mack than discussed a plan to set up 12 to 15 cameras, and assign a specialized task force to work in the worst crime-ridden areas of the city, but he wasn’t clear on how this would be paid for.

He also suggested that all Trenton residents keep a close eye on their children and “monitor their whereabouts – know that if it’s 11 o’clock at night and they’re not home – there’s a greater possibility of them doing something negative at that time of the night.”

When a reporter reminded Mack, Governor Christie and other New Jersey leaders won’t have any dealings with him because he’s been indicted for corruption, Mack insisted his request for additional funds could still be granted because even though Christie won’t speak with him, he can speak with the police director or business administrator.

When Mack was asked how he could encourage the community to rally around him since he may be in jail for corruption shortly he replied “next question please.”

He also insisted “I look at things from a positive standpoint.  I don’t dwell on negative things, so I can stand strong in any storm. A lot of it had to do with my humble beginnings, I know what a storm looks like, but I also know what it looks like to overcome one.”

At one point the Mack interrupted a reporter who was trying to ask him about his behavior, and told the reporter “don’t embarrass yourself by asking irresponsible questions at a time like this in a forum like this.  What I hope to instill in residents in Trenton is, there’s hope, there’s hope for tomorrow.”

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