Trenton. Where Good Ideas Get Ruined.

Over the last several years, there’s been a lot to laugh at in Trenton, New Jersey. The things that have happened here; the words that have been said; the people that say them; have all provided us all a lot of smiles, chuckles, titters, and outright guffaws. Most of the time the humor is only [...]

Lip Service

You know that old puzzle? “If a tree falls in the forest, and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”

I won’t worry with that one right now, but I will suggest a variation on that question to ask in Trenton, NJ: “If a street fight breaks out, and there’s no [...]

Today In Irony...

[Community activist and former Trenton City Council 2010 candidate Juan] Martinez also worked on the campaign of current Mayor Eric Jackson, but not on any of the mayor’s campaign contribution filings.

“Totally separate and apart,” Jackson said. The mayor said he hopes that elected officials and those involved in elections will pay close [...]

One Step Forward

I applaud the decision announced by Mayor Eric Jackson, announced at last night’s meeting of City Council, to end the City’s contract with the law firm DeCotiis Fitzpatrick & Cole. This is the firm that Trenton’s “full time” City Attorney David Minchello joined as partner while also intending to remain in his City position, a [...]

Casting Lots

Brothers and Sisters, today’s lesson is from Matthew, Chapter 27, Verses 35 and 36:

“And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.”

I offer this story, which is told in each of the four Christian Gospels, not to preach a [...]

It's Only Second Down. Why is City Council Punting?

After last night’s closed door session to discuss the matter of ex-Police Trainee Angel Perez, Trenton’s City Council will consider a resolution at tomorrow’s session to refer the matter to the City’s Ethics Board.

While declining to speak about the substance of what was discussed in executive session, several Council members did talk about their rationale [...]

Mr. Parrey Has Some Explaining to Do

As emailed to members of Trenton’s City Council this morning:

Good Morning, Council Members -

In connection with your scheduled Executive Session tomorrow to consider the matter of Mr. Angel Perez, please note the attached.

Acting Police Director Parrey has over the last few weeks made multiple public comments denying [...]

What Part of Permanent Do They Not Understand?

There’s a whole lot of bullshit in this morning’s Trentonian, coming out of the mouths of both Trenton’s Mayor “ZT” (for “Zero Tolerance”) Jackson, and “Acting” Police Director Ernest Parrey, Jr.

In separate articles in this morning’s Trentonian, both men continue to defend the actions of Director Parrey in hiring Angel Perez to [...]

“Immediate, Permanent Removal”

The Mercer County Police Academy features an online link to its “Rules and Regulations for Trainees.” The cover note from School Director Albert Paglione is dated October 1, 2007. It is not a new document.

The intent of this document, as stated by Director Paglione, is “to assist in the administration of the school and to [...]

Zero Intolerance

I knew at the time that Eric Jackson’s pledge on Ethics in March of last year was little more than campaign bombast, and I haven’t been disappointed.

Recall his promise, as proclaimed in a March 3 2014 op-ed piece in the Trenton Times that he would be a mayor who would ruthlessly and consistently practice “zero [...]