GOP Candidates for Lawrence Township Council have raised the issue of a redevelopment deal that has gone to Community Investment Strategies and the Eagle Group having at least the appearance of a “pay-to-play” deal between the current Dems on the Council and the developers.

Community Investment Strategies is owned by Christiana Foglio, the wife of Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer.   

The Eagle Group is owned and operated by Sid Hofing.  Mr. Hofing donated some $2,900 to Mayor Palmer’s election campaign between July 2005 and July 2006.

The Republicans allege that Mayor Palmer donated money to Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami’s campaign that was then “wheeled” to the Lawrence Democrats who approved the deal with CIS and Eagle.  Ms. Foglio donated $1,750 to the Lawrence Democratic Club in 2004.

The developers stand to the get the parcel for $500,000, substantially less than the $2.3 million Lawrence paid for the site.

In addition, Lawrence Township is set to finance the project with up to $450,000 in affordable housing funds.

Mayor Palmer was quoted in the Times story as saying, “This seems like the political equivalent of six degrees of separation."

If only there was six degrees of separation.  If only there was.

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