This morning’s Alex Zdan piece in the Trenton Times is a useful reminder that, in all the hoopla about the upcoming Federal trial of the Current Indicted and Arraigned Occupant of Trenton’s Mayor’s office, his alleged Bagman Brother and supposed Wise Guy Wannabe pal and campaign contributor, there are other investigations into our municipal mayhem underway on the state and county levels.
This space has been saying for months that focusing the spotlight on the IO’s alleged Federal crimes should not lead us to forget or excuse all of the multiple things that he has done that are stupid, incompetent and wrong, but legal. Mr. Zdan’s piece should similarly remind us that Tony Mack, Ralphiel Mack and JoJo Giorgianni are probably not the only individuals who have engaged in criminal activities over the course of the last 2 1/2 years.
There have been simply too many outrageous and serious incidents over the course of the current Administration to have been perpetrated by only those three men. We have seen multiple scandals, with city bidding and contracting for services as varied as Information Technology services; renovation and furnishing the zombie branch library Learning Centers; and bundled sales of dozens of city-owned properties for dozens of dollars.
We have read stories of no-show employees, paid handsome salaries, with no defined duties or even specified hours. Others falsified timecards and padded their paychecks with overtime they should not be eligible for. Some employees have apparently lied about their resident status in order to receive their appointed jobs. Others have civil service job titles in one department doing very different personal or propaganda work in other agencies and departments in violation of the work on paper they were hired to do.
All of these people stole from the people of this City and this State as surely as the three Indicted Ones are accused of doing. All of them should not be allowed to get away with it.
Several significant civil lawsuits are working their way through the legal system, alleging serious misbehavior that surely verges into the criminal realm. One suit by Trenton Water Works employees Edmund Johnson and Timothy London describes treatment they endured under an entirely corrupt environment during and after the time of the IO’s half-brother – and now convicted felon – Stanley “Muscles” Davis. Although Davis and his co-defendants were convicted and imprisoned for their crimes. London and Johnson’s suit contains serious allegations of a public utility still the source of a great deal of crime and corruption at high levels. It wasn’t just Muscles responsible for it all.
Similarly, a civil lawsuit by former Recreation Department employee Maria Richardson alleges all kinds of shenanigans in that cesspool: missing cash receipts and city property, improper hiring of unqualified employees, and more.
I could go on, and on., but I trust I’ve provided enough examples for you. There’s been a lot of smoke over the last two years coming from City Hall and other city buildings. More smoke than could have come from fires started by only three men. In this Administration, the rot started at the head, but it is certainly spread all throughout our city’s government.
It would be a travesty of justice if more of those assholes are not held accountable.
I do hope that today’s Times article provides evidence that investigations are still ongoing and developing against more people than those three now being called to account. I do hope that the state Attorney General’s office and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office are not, as County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini hinted, “just sit[ting] back,” letting the Feds do all the heavy lifting.
There are still several other guilty parties out there that haven’t been charged yet. I hope that their day of reckoning is coming, too.