TRENTON, N.J. (The Blaze/AP) — The city of Trenton is in a toilet paper crisis. The situation has gotten so bad and stocks dwindling so low that there is a threat of closing city buildings if health code violations begin to occur.
As the Times of Trenton reports, paper products are running low thanks to a quarrel over the paper products contract by the New Jersey state capital's Mayor Tony Mack's administration and the City Council. Council President Kathy McBride tells the Times paper towel and toilet paper dispensers in senior citizen centers, police headquarters, the fire department and other city offices likely won't last through the week.
The council has twice rejected a $42,000 contract for a year's supply of paper products because members raised concerns about a high unit price for hot drink cups.
Mack's administration removed the cups from the contract and sent it back to the council. The Times has more on the crisis from McBride:
“I’m embarrassed,” she said. “I’m a little disgusted, and I feel we’re doing an injustice to the residents of the city and the employees.”
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The Times reports that the council will vote on the revised contract tonight. Officials hope it finally passes, as city health officer James Brownlee told the Times if an employee complained about the lack of toilet paper, it could launch an investigation by the state for adherence to the Public Employees Occupational Safety and Health Program.
Mack has faced frequent criticism and scandal since he took office in 2010.