Making it Easier to Steal Public Water

Former Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer unintentionally hit the nail on the head in his comment made to the Trenton Times this morning. In a piece by Jenna Pizzi about the two most expensive local referenda (sorry, headline writers: 3rd Declension Nominative Plural forms end in -a, not -s) in New Jersey History, Palmer referred to [...]

A Tale of Two Trees

18th Century Version, probably around Stafford County, Virginia:

George, said his father, do you know who killed that beautiful little cherry-tree yonder in the garden? This was a tough question; and George staggered under it for a moment; but quickly recovered himself: and looking at his father, with the sweet face of youth brightened with the inexpressible charm [...]

Dear Mr. Mayor

As e-mailed 9-25-14:

Dear Mayor Jackson:

For much of the last three months, I have been mostly cautiously optimistic that your new administration is making a promising start to unwinding the massive damage to the City of Trenton and its local government sustained over the last four years. You’ve started to rehabilitate the City’s reputation. It has [...]


The Administration of Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson made a good move yesterday. Mr. Jackson now needs to make another.

A resolution to grant a $20,000 contract for legal services to the law firm of Long Marmero & Associates LLP has been pulled from tonight’s session of Trenton’s City Council, due to serious allegations of ethical violations [...]

More ICE

A version of my Tuesday post on the loopholes in Trenton’s Pay-to-Play Ordinance has been published as an opinion piece in this morning’s Trenton Times. Thanks to the editors of The Times for recognizing the importance of this issue, and for giving me space in their print edition today.

The opinion piece was written and submitted [...]

Zero Tolerance *

Cronyism and corruption. These are not words that should ever be associated with public service and yet, too often, they are.

Politicians elected by their fellow citizens to improve the quality of life for their constituents too often end up taking advantage of their office for personal gain.

Taxpayers who believe [...]

Running With Baggage

Mayor Eric Jackson is quoted in yesterday’s Trenton Times article by Jenna Pizzi saying that his Administration has “hit the ground running” during its first thirty days in office. Several new department directors have been hired; town hall meetings have been held around each of the wards, beginning what should be a regular dialog between [...]

Good Luck!

Today begins the effort to heal Trenton. I wish Mayor Eric Jackson, members of City Council, and all of the current and future municipal employees and appointees of the new Administration nothing but good will and good luck as they begin today to – hopefully – reverse not just four years of mendacity and disaster, [...]

NJ's Long Con - A Peril to Trenton's New Administration

The Trenton Times has a good editorial today. Titled “N.J. $82M[illion] incentive to bring 76er practice facility to Camden is purely for show,” the piece uses the specific example of the aforementioned incentive granted to the Philadelphia 76er basketball team over the next 10 years to make a larger point about the worrisome [...]

Paul Perez Interview, Part 3 of 3

Here is the final installment of my interview on June 4 with Paul Perez.

In this segment, Mr. Perez talks about his campaign, including the endorsement given to him by former Trenton School Board President Toby Sanders, about which I wrote on April 6, who is married to Paul Perez’s niece. That, and other family connections, [...]