Trenton, N.J. may have to find new leadership as Mayor Tony Mack has become the focus of a FBI corruption investigation. Last week, the feds raided his home, Trenton's City Hall, plus other locations, and are in search of evidence of bribery, extortion and fraud, according to reports published Tuesday (July 24). In light of the accusations, Mack has decided to lay low for a little while.
“The breadth of that fits the breadth of what's been rumored for most of the last two years,” said George Dougherty, an attorney representing a former city employee who participated in shedding light on Mack's alleged shady ways.
Federal agents left City Hall carrying several boxes, but employees were allowed back to work following the search. “I think slowly we're making a difference,” noted City Business Administrator Sam Hutchinson. “I know I'm certainly trying to do this from my position, trying to provide direction and stability.”
Agents also hit the home of his brother, Ralphiel, and Josephn “JoJo” Giorgianni who donated almost $5,000 to Mack's campaign in 2010.
On the publicity scale, Mack clocks far less flattering headlines than fellow New Jersey mayor, Cory Booker. Unlike the well-known Newark mayor, who constantly finds himself in the spotlight for good deeds, Mack boasts a very different reputation. In the two years since being in office, he is said to have filled top City Hall positions with people accused of misconduct.
Mack has denied any wrongdoing, and is conveniently on vacation until Monday.
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