Trenton Mayor’s Ex-Aide: He’s Stupid and a Crook

by | September 11, 2012 at 8:53 AM | General

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and his brother Ralphiel Mack, right, leave the Federal courthouse Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, in Trenton, N.J.. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

For Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, news of his arrest on federal corruption charges likely already came with a fair share of embarrassment.

After all, the bribery allegations leveled against him stem from a supposed attempt to skim money from a construction project that was completely made up by the FBI agents probing his office.

But if taking the bait on an imaginary parking garage wasn’t bad enough, his former campaign manager is adding salt to the wound with some choice words for his ex-boss.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all,” former campaign aide Jerrell Blakely told NBC 10 in Philadelphia. “It was a matter of when and not if.”

That impression motivated Blakely to step down from his job with the mayor of New Jersey’s capital not long after his election.

“It was like, there were two things — he was either really stupid, in that he would hire these people, or, he was a crook.,” Blakely told NBC 10 when explaining his bewilderment at Mack’s staffing choices – moves many saw as pure cronyism.

“And, quite frankly, I wish he was stupid instead of a crook. But it turns out he was both,” Blakely offered.

Mack, his brother Ralphiel and Joseph Giorgianni – a Mack supporter who is a convicted sex offender and owner of the local sandwich shop Jo Jo’s – were all charged with conspiring to extort the undercover informants who lured them into the made-up parking garage scam.

Mack was released from custody Sept. 10 on $150,000 bail and is awaiting trial.

His lawyer says he’s innocent.