TRENTON - A judge has removed the mayor of Trenton from office following his corruption conviction.

Tony Mack was convicted Feb. 7 of bribery, fraud and extortion, which by state law would require him to leave office immediately.

Mack had argued that the law doesn't apply to him because he was convicted in federal court. Judge Mary Jacobson disagreed and signed an order removing him from office.

He wouldn't answer questions as he passed reporters Wednesday.

City Council President George Muschal was sworn in as Mack's replacement within hours and will hold the office until July 1. There will be an election for the next mayor in the spring.

Mack is also ineligible to hold public office in the future and has been stripped of his taxpayer-funded pension.

The former mayor is scheduled to be sentenced in May, and could spend up to 20 years in prison.