Mayor Douglas H. Palmer flouted the law and the will of City Council even more Thursday by extending his already-illegal waiver of the city’s residency law for Police Director Jospeh Santiago even further, to the end of his term as mayor, according to the Times of Trenton.
Despite the language of the law – which enumerates no special waiver of any kind unless the office was vacant – Mayor Palmer continued on his President Bush-like agenda further today, announcing that his extra-legal waiver had been extended until the spring of 2010.
Mayor Palmer and his minions, including Chief of Staff Renee Haynes, continue to spew extra-legal mumbo-jumbo about granting extended waivers and implicitly stating that Trenton’s City Council is somehow in understanding of this illegal political law-bending.
“This was not a rash decision nor should it have been,” said Ms. Haynes, in a statement in the Times Thursday.
At this point every resident and voter in Trenton should be convinced of their executive’s continued pissing and shitting on the City Code and the New Jersey Constitution.
Mayor Palmer seems to think that he has some sort of sovereign power to bend the law, while inflicting residency law-based punishment on city employees who do not toe the Palmer line, while simultaneously making special exceptions to politically favored city employees, like Mr. Santiago.
The mayor should have an interesting awakening on Thursday at City Council, when residents who support the existing ordinance show up to make a strong and concerted statement.
The lawsuit planned for the following week should also pack quite a punch.