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Turner To Mack: Step Aside To Let Trenton Move Forward

Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer) testifies during today’s Senate voting session.

TRENTON – Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer/Hunterdon) released the following statement upon learning of the arrest of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack on corruption charges:

“This is a very sad day for our proud city, which recently has seen and been through far too much. Trenton’s residents cannot be expected to lurch from crisis to crisis. Nor should they be expected to live under the cloud of criminal corruption charges.

“My heart and prayers go out to Mayor Mack’s wife, children and mother.

“If the mayor cares about the city and its residents, then he should do the right thing and immediately take a leave of absence until he gets his day in court. Trenton needs a full-time leader whose only focus is on leading the city and spearheading its revitalization. It needs a leader who has the unequivocal support of residents, businesses and the state. It needs a leader who instills confidence in the leadership of the city. There is no doubt that the ability of Mayor Mack to be that leader has been completely and irreparably compromised.

“If the mayor’s day in court is for a formal indictment, then he must resign and let Trenton move forward. Trenton needs some stability and cannot move forward in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. The major challenges facing Trenton cannot be left to languish pending the outcome of a lengthy and embarrassing trial.”