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Trenton Councilman Jerell Blakeley. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Trenton councilman resigns

By David Wildstein, January 07 2022 1:24 pm

Trenton City Councilman Jerrell Blakely will resign at the end of the month to take a new job that will require him to move out of Trenton.

“Serving Trenton in this capacity has been the honor of my life and the culmination of a lifelong desire to make a positive contribution to my hometown,” Blakely said.  “I will be forever impacted by the tenacity, sagacity, and humanity of the many Trentonians I have been fortunate to learn from and serve as their Councilman.”

Blakely had already announced that he would not seek re-election to a second term as an at-large councilman. in the November 2022 non-partisan municipal election.

He is currently an associate director of government relations for the New Jersey Education Association.

“Even in the midst of significant contemporary challenges, I remain hopeful that Trenton’s future will be as glorious and prosperous as its distinguished past and the promise of the present,” Blakely said.  “I am confident that the resilience of our people and the strength of our civic institutions will allow the pregnant potential of our historic city to soon be fully realized.”

Blakely said that Trenton will remain in his “heart, blood, mind, and sinew.”

“I sincerely wish you, my council colleagues and the Administration wisdom, prudence, and probity as you all strive to enhance municipal operations and the quality of life of the 90,000 people who call Trenton home,” he stated.

He has not yet identified is new job.

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