FBI Arrests Trenton Mayor, Others in Corruption Probe

Jonathan Dienst et al., NBC New York, September 10, 2012

Federal authorities arrested Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and more than half a dozen other people early Monday in connection with an ongoing corruption probe, NBC 4 New York has learned.

Mack faces federal charges including conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion. Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, a top campaign contributor, and six others were also taken into custody. {snip}

Tony Mack

Mack, a Democrat, faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted on extortion charges, prosecutors said.

In recorded conversations, Giorgianni said, “I can be bought,” “We want this,” “I like to do it the Boss Tweed way, you know, Boss Tweed ran Tammany Hall,” and “Tony knows when I’m in for a penny I’m in for a pound,” according to a criminal complaint.


The arrests are the latest development in an ongoing federal investigation that began in 2010 into alleged corruption within Mack’s administration, which has been marked by accusations of nepotism and reckless spending. {snip}

In the first of two criminal complaints, Tony and Ralphiel Mack and Giorgianni were charged with conspiracy in connection with a parking garage project. The complaint alleges that cash payments intended for Mayor Mack were made by a cooperating witness to Giorgianni inside his restaurant.

In the second complaint Giorgianni and eight others, not including the Macks, were charged with conspiracy to obtain and fill prescriptions for oxycodone-based pain medications, and to distribute the pain medications.

Mack’s administration has been in turmoil from Day 1, staggering from one crisis to another. A housecleaning of staff at City Hall opened the door for Mack’s own appointees, who quickly turned it into a revolving door. Some left over questions about their credentials, others to face criminal charges.

In Mack’s first year in office in Trenton, a city of 85,000, he ran through a string of business administrators. The first resigned after a month, saying the mayor didn’t believe in “good government.” Another resigned just ahead of pleading guilty to embezzlement at another job.

Mack’s housing director quit after it emerged that he had a theft conviction. His chief of staff was arrested trying to buy heroin. His half-brother, whose authority he elevated at the city water plant, was arrested on charges of stealing.

Questions have also been raised about how he financed his campaign for mayor.



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  • It seems like there are a lot of criminals with the last name Mack.

    • The__Bobster

      A lot more with the first name of Tony.


      I’ve often thought that Instapundit’s “Name That Party” meme (he’s good with memes) was like a respectable version of our “Not Reporting Race” category.

      That’s because, as a USA Today story said, “The challenge of dealing with minority officials who run afoul of the law is a pre-eminently Democratic problem….”. He was talking about  perjury accusations against Roland Burris, and Charles Rangel’s legal issues, but it’s a big problem for mayors, too.

      But wait, you ask, what about the Democrats who feature in traditional New Jersey organized crime and corruption? You know, “Bada-bing, bada-boom!”

      After all, if you heard that a New Jersey mayor named Tony had been indicted over corruption, that’s the first thing you’d think of.

      • You’re right.  You’d figure with a “New Jersey corruption probe of a guy name Tony”, blacks would be safe from that one.  But, no.

    • Every mayor in NJ should be arrested.  A whole FEMA camp can be filled up with all the corrupt mayors in New Jersey.

  • Vil

    Give a Negroe power and he will misuse it. That is a law of nature.
    “People corrupt power, note vice versa.”

    • And no matter what they do wrong, they’ll be re-elected by their black constituents.

  • CoweringCoward

    Yet more examples of why Africa is as it has always been (save where colonialism made some livable islands).
    Blacks complain about being judged by the actions of a “few bad apples”, and it is sad that the misbehaving 99.99% give the other good .01% such a bad name. 

    • RebelliousTreecko

      Ugh. It’s *insert year/era here* already, and people are still saying stuff like this?

      Take Dr. King’s words to heart:
      I have a dream that my people will not be judged by the content of their character, but by how they’ve been treated and victimized in the past“.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Nice suit. I bet a black person did not make it.

    The only thing blacks care about is image. As long as they look good, that is all that matters. They don’t care about substance.

  • This is what diversity brings you!  Corruption African style!

  • JackKrak

    Black. Democrat. Corruption. New Jersey.

    Only the last one changes from time to time.

  • Ulick

    I’ve seen this a million times.  Despite the overwhelmingly evidence against Mack, his arrest will be viewed in the black community as “The Man tryin’ to bring down anotha black man in power!”

    Kwame Kilpatrick, Marion Barry, OJ Simpson, The Fast & Furious investigation of Eric Holder — these are all examples of  “The Man allegedly tryin’ to bring down anotha black man in power” regardless of the vast amount of evidence against the criminals.

  • IKantunderstand

    Attention! Attention! Read all about it! black mayor of  major metropolitan city found to be absolutely fair, honest and just. Nah, just kidding. But now that would be an amazing story. This one? Yawn. Same-o, Same-o.

  • IstvanIN

    He’ll win reelection easily.

  • IstvanIN

    And Trenton’s new slogan:

    Trenton makes, the mayor takes

  • I’m laughing at, “I can be bought”.

    Most people have the sense to be more subtle, ya know, just in case the FEDS are recording your conversation.

    We just had a black Democrat councilman sentence to a year for kick backs:


    And this black Democrat, when he lost the election, destroyed documents:


    • Up to my neck in CA

      And this black Democrat, when he lost the election, destroyed documents:

      “Although he would not acknowledge any files were “destroyed”, he pointed out that he left behind his 2010 State of the 60th District manual…”

      As if this was generous, most likely still  in it’s original wrapper.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    If Mack were a Republican, the word “Republican” would have appeared prominently in the headline and mentioned several times in every paragraph:

    FBI Arrests Republican Trenton Mayor, Other Republicans in Corruption Probe

    Federal authorities arrested Republican Tony Mack, Republican mayor of Trenton N.J. and more than half a dozen other Republicans early Monday in connection with an ongoing FBI probe of Republicans.

    Well, you get the idea.


  • tickyul

    The world’s first, Second hip hop mayor….what do you expect!

  • >>Georgianni sounds like a white Italian, though.  Pushing oxycodone; how classy.

    They don’t make gangsters OR politicians like they used to.  Remember Don Corleone?: 

    “I must say “no” to you — and I’ll give you my reasons. It’s true, I have a lot of friends in politics, but they wouldn’t be friendly very long if they knew my business was drugs instead of gambling, which they rule that as a — harmless vice. But drugs is a dirty business. …. Signor Sollozzo, my no is final.”

  • I wonder what’s going through his thick head on this picture of him being taken into custody?

  • The Worlds Scapegoat


    In reality they never do look good. They do dress sharply, but to me that is a sign of a phoney.

  • it’s humorous to me when a legislature’s capital city is taken over by blacks, … right smack dab in the city where the legislators live and work … and the city becomes a Third World laughingstock:
    New Jersey>Trenton
    Mississippi> Jackson (Harvey “Perception of Crime” Johnson).  ”
    Ohio> Columbus (Michael “No ‘Visas’ for Travel to Arizona” Coleman)
    California> Sacramento (Kevin “AmeriCorps Scam” Johnson)

  • I think one of the reasons so many black mayors get in trouble is because they cannot comprehend the data that mayors use to make decisions (e.g. budgets, reports, constituents’ concerns, etc.) and so ALL decisions look completely random to them.  If it’s impossible to decide which decision is better than another, why not make a little dough off the decision?

  • Ed_NY

    I was in Trenton around 40 or 41 years ago.  It was a cesspool back then, I can only imagine what that place looks like today.