Disdain for the rule of law, which Trenton’s mayor exhibits so frequently, seems to be taking seed among a variety of residents and officials in the city.
City leaders and others who were so stalwart during the residency fight over the former police director, Joseph Santiago, are now backing off when it comes to his successor, Irving Bradley Jr., due to Mr. Bradley’s activities since gaining the office.
They are taking a position that Mr. Bradley’s success in de-politicizing the department and taking it in a completely different direction somehow merits bending or breaking of the residency law – a wholly un-American concept.
Mr. Bradley deserves extra consideration, they say, of a kind not granted to dozens of other employees who broke residency and were properly and summarily terminated by Mayor Douglas H. Palmer’s administration, without regard to their work record.
Such trampling of an important city law is a despicable activity, but it serves one good purpose. Unless they are doing so out of misinformation or incompetence, anyone who takes this untenable position is revealing their lack of integrity and a lack of respect for the rule of law, for all to see.
They are wrong, and deep down they know it.