A federal grand jury has indicted the mayor of New Jersey's capital city on corruption charges.
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, his brother, Ralphiel Mack and an associate, Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni, are accused in an eight-count indictment of extortion, bribery, and mail and wire fraud.
New Jersey's U.S. attorney's office says the charges are related to an alleged scheme to accept $119,000 in bribes in exchange for Mack's influence in the development of a garage on city-owned land.
The indictment (READ: full indictment) was handed up Thursday in Trenton.
Mack has continued in his position despite a no-confidence vote by the Trenton City Council after his September arrest.
His attorney has said Mack is innocent. An attorney for his brother says his client is not guilty.
Also on Thursday, Mack asked Gov. Chris Christie for more police in the state's capital. Mack is asking Christie for money to hire additional city patrolmen and to authorize a State Police trooper battalion to work with the Trenton Police Department.
Attorney General Spokesman Paul Loriquet says state troopers already work with Trenton's police and they continue to evaluate whether to increase the number of assigned troopers.