TRENTON - Former Deputy Clerk Cordelia Staton says she was run out of her job in Trenton for political reasons.

Staton says she was fired by the mayor yesterday and removed by police from the city clerk's office on East State Street.

At a news conference today, Mayor Tony Mack faced questions from News 12 New Jersey about why he fired Staton. Mack said it has to do with the way Staton was voted in.

Mack said that appointed city attorney Nakia White checked the law and the council's 3-2 vote to approve Staton was one vote shy of the required four votes.