Tony Mack, the New Jersey mayor convicted of extortion, bribery and fraud, now has two weeks to decide whether he'll fight to stay in power.

On Monday, prosecutors with the state attorney general's office filed a complaint seeking to kick the Trenton politician out of office.  

Since his corruption conviction last week, Mack has refused to step down. Following Wednesday's ruling in New Jersey's Superior Court, he'll now have to explain why on Feb. 26.

Mark Davis, Mack's lawyer, did not immediately return a call for comment on Wednesday's ruling.

Under state law, Mack's conviction does bar him holding public office, but a federal judge won't make it official until he's sentenced on May 14.

Prosecutors are also seeking to take away Mack's pension and benefits as well as ban him from ever holding public office in the Garden State again.

A federal jury convicted Mack on Friday of taking bribes in exchange for helping with the proposed development of an automated parking garage.

 

he accepted cash bribes in exchange for assisting with the proposed development of an automated parking garage on city-owned land.
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