With rain clouds over head, councilman Michael Jackson, charged with voter fraud last week, was sworn in for a second full-term on Wednesday afternoon.
Governor Phil Murphy has called on City Council vice president Michael Jackson and councilman-elect Alex Mendez, both charged with voter fraud offenses, to give up seats won in the recent municipal elections.
When he ran in a four-person special election for the 1st Ward seat in 2015, councilman Michael Jackson promised to give his $41,200 City Council salary to community organizations and people in need.
A candidate running for the 1st Ward seat on the City Council had to change his campaign flyer on Friday afternoon for urging donors to write checks to his name rather than his campaign committee.
A company connected to Alma Realty, owners of Center City Mall, provided a $450,000 mortgage when councilman Michael Jackson sold his property on Grand Street that houses his restaurant Jacksonville more than two years ago, according to court records.
The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) has assessed a $700 penalty against Bernard Jones, Jr, who ran for a City Council seat in 2015, according to documents the state released on Wednesday.
The City Council appointed Al Abdelaziz, vice chairman of the Paterson Democrats, to fill the 6th Ward seat vacated by mayor Andre Sayegh on Tuesday night, breaking away with recent custom not to appoint anyone seeking the seat long-term through election.