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Talking Newark And Trenton Mayoral Elections

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Tomorrow is a big day for New Jersey big-city politics with mayoral races in both Trenton and Newark.

In Newark, the election has been plagued with bus burnings and controversial flyers and now things are heating up down in Trenton as well with attack ads and accusations flying around social media pages claiming candidate Paul Perez assaults women.

Perez spoke out saying that those accusations are completely false, but said that it shows just how negative local politics throughout the Garden State have gotten.

“This is the unfortunate reality of Trenton politics, when it’s desperate times, there’s desperate measures,” Perez pointed out.

While millions of dollars have been spent on campaigns in Newark, Trenton politics has now attracted the attention of billionaire David Tepper whose Better Education For Kids Foundation bought attack billboards going after candidate Eric Jackson by comparing him to former convicted Mayor Tony Mack.

Perez says that people are finally starting to recognize that Trenton really is a city that people need to pay attention to.

“Trenton is a rough diamond. It really is. Trenton has the capacity to hold major industries,” he said.

NJ Now Host Jim McQueeny joined in on the discussion about why there is so much controversy surrounding the elections in these two New Jersey cities.

“There’s a couple of differences between Newark and Trenton, people care about Newark, nobody gives a damn about Trenton and that’s a real shame by the way. It’s a city in the shadow of the state house that nobody cares about. Even the state police at night are afraid to patrol West State Street, it’s a disaster here. I think the gangs of Trenton, if they took them off the streets and put them in City Hall, they’d do a better job than bureaucrats running the city here now,” he said.

Aside from dirty politics there seems to be a growing trend in poor education throughout these cities as well.

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