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Thursday, July 19, 2012

NJ Dem. Mayor's house searched by FBI as well as raid in City Hall

TRENTON, N.J. — FBI agents on Thursday raided City Hall in New Jersey's capital, a day after searching the home of the city's embattled mayor, his brother and a campaign donor.

The FBI said they had a search warrant for several offices but declined to be more specific. About a dozen FBI vehicles were parked outside City Hall, and some city employees were milling around outside but none could say which offices had been targeted.

Mayor Tony Mack, 46, on Wednesday denied wrongdoing after the FBI spent the overnight hours searching his home, and the homes of his brother, Ralphiel Mack, and businessman Joseph Giorgianni, a campaign donor who is a convicted sex offender.

The Democratic mayor's first two years in office have been punctuated by accusations of reckless spending, cronyism and mismanagement.

Questions have also lingered about how Mack financed his 2010 campaign at a time of personal financial problems. His home and other properties have faced foreclosure, and last month properties belonging to him, his brother and Giorgianni were all reported by the city to be late on tax payments.

Mack has turned City Hall into a revolving door through a series of heavily criticized appointments.
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