Trenton Mayor Removed from Office After Corruption Conviction
By Geoff Mulvihill
TRENTON, N.J. — The mayor of New Jersey’s capital city was removed from office by a judge, 19 days after a jury found him guilty of corruption as part of a government sting.
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, 48, had fought to remain in office until his sentencing in May while also seeking to have his conviction thrown out.
But Judge Mary Jacobson rejected his arguments and signed an order removing him from office. Mack is also ineligible to hold public office in the future and has been stripped of his taxpayer-funded pension. He will be allowed to keep the contributions he made to his retirement plan.
Mack did not speak during or after the hearing and his lawyer, Mark Davis, said it had not been decided whether he would appeal the order.
Within hours after Jacobson signed an order removing Mack, City Council President George Muschal was sworn in as acting mayor. The 66-year-old retired city police officer is expected to serve out Mack’s term, which ends July 1. He reiterated that he does not intend to run in the regularly scheduled mayoral election on May 13.
“You can’t move a city forward when there’s full-blown corruption,” Muschal told reporters at City Hall after he was sworn in at a hastily organized private ceremony in his office.
He vowed to be open with residents and the media and to support whoever is elected in the May election.