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Judge ousts convicted Trenton mayor

TRENTON — The mayor of New Jersey’s capital was removed from office by a judge Wednesday, 19 days after a jury found him guilty of corruption in a case that started with a government sting.

Mayor Tony Mack of Trenton had fought to remain in office until his sentencing in May while also seeking to have his conviction thrown out. But Judge Mary Jacobson rejected his arguments and signed an order removing him from office.

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Mack is ineligible to hold office in the future and has been stripped of his taxpayer-funded pension.

Within hours after Jacobson signed the order, City Council President George Muschal was sworn in as acting mayor. The retired police officer is expected to serve out Mack’s term, which ends July 1. He reiterated he does not intend to run in the regularly scheduled mayoral election on May 13.

‘‘You can’t move a city forward when there’s full-blown corruption,’’ Muschal told reporters at City Hall after he was sworn in at a hastily organized private ceremony.

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