Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer, Hunterdon) issued the following statement today regarding a court order forcing Trenton Mayor Tony Mack to immediately resign from office following his conviction on six counts of corruption:
“Mayor Mack has selfishly and shamelessly held the residents of Trenton hostage for weeks. The Capital City has been essentially leaderless for more than a year now, and the judge’s ruling is welcome news for Trenton. It’s time that we all move on from this sorry episode and do what is best for the residents of our Capital City. It’s a new dawn of democracy for Trenton and our residents.
“I offer the assistance of my office to the Acting Mayor, City Council, and most importantly, to the residents of Trenton, during this time of transition of leadership. We must deal with crime, joblessness, property taxes, and our crumbling schools and roads as quickly as possible.
“Additionally, I have introduced legislation to require indicted elected officials to step aside and also legislation to close the loophole that has allowed Mayor Mack to stay in office even after he was found guilty, and I plan to pursue both bills. We need to ensure this situation does not happen again, whether it is in Trenton or anywhere in New Jersey. People should not suffer because their elected officials decided to commit crimes.”