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Government Gridlock Leads To Toilet Paper Shortage In Trenton

By Robin Rieger

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Trenton’s Health Department could shut down some city buildings if a toilet paper shortage isn’t resolved soon.

“It could be an inconvenience for anybody, young, old, male, female,” said Maryann Wooten of Hamilton Township.

The toilet paper and paper towel supply for at least 11 buildings, including City Hall, are dangerously low.

“We have one box with about 15 rolls of toilet paper and that’s it,” acting Public Works Director Harold Hall said.

Hall says a City Council resolution to order more paper supplies, including paper cups, was voted down. Some council members didn’t think the cash-strapped city needed to buy the cups.

“I told them I would take the cups out and re-submit the request,” Hall said.

City Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson said that she isn’t sure it was a legal request.

“Once you bid and give in a contract, you can’t remove something from a bid. You have to pull it back, you have to cancel it and then you have to re-bid it,” said Caldwell-Wilson.

The city’s legal department reviewed her concern before Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.

“I think some council members are so full of blank. They can’t even pass a resolution to purchase toiletries. By putting their agenda before the public’s agenda, they are jeopardizing the city’s ability to keep open senior and rec centers and city buildings,” said Mayor Tony Mack.

Trenton Police Department’s PBA President says he filed complaints with the State and Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offices for his building, which has no supplies and operates 24/7. He says many employees are forced to bring their own rolls.

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  • Pete838

    In most of Europe there are pay toilets. No big deal. Insert .75 I’ve never seen such clean bathrooms here.

    • roadrunner

      If the problem is that dire, then I suggest that those workers take their own toilet paper to work with them. They can certainly afford a cheap roll. I strongly suggest your Gov. Christy make sure he does this because by the looks of him, he certainly could fill up a bowl. I understand that the average property tax on the average sized home in NJ is around 7000 per year. Where is the money going??????

  • F Stagg

    I get it.
    This is got to be an Onion article because it’s not yet April 1st.

  • Traveler

    Simple solution here, bring thier own toilet paper! They made the sh** let them clean it up ;)

  • Bongo

    As a hot dog vendor I say don’t mess around with the health dept! They have rules you don’t know exist if they want.

    • Foggy World

      Well then there’s a department that has way too many employees and every town could save by cutting back on the hiring of tioliet paper roll counters.

  • aa

    the prisoners don’t have this problem? why?

    • YaRight

      Prisoners are some of the few people in Jersey who actually have jobs.

    • george

      A huge proportion of the prisoners are illegal aliens. In case you hadn’t been noticing, they call the shots.

  • george kolter

    lol to funny no wonder the gubimint totally inefficient, incapable of any minor function, let alone cut spending….RFLM@O

  • yorkie01

    New Jersey has an abundance of wipers!

  • jeremy

    good work trenton…as anj resident i say shut the whole thing down, the whole state government. we will get on just fine without you

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  • Chris

    I have a solution. Use Federal Reserve debt paper notes also known as the dollar, it will be worthless anyway soon. A new free supply of toilet paper for everyone.

    • jockomofo

      This is a totally made-up story, just another daily load of trash, to deflect attention away from obamma’s failed economic policies.

      • Chris

        Hardly, all money created is debt. I dare you to look up fractional banking and what happens when the Federal Reserve buys bonds…. Obama and politicians (both sides) are just sock puppets of the real masters of the nation….the money changers.

      • jockomofo

        “Flood you, big River, and I’m gonna sit right here until I die”
        Jerry Garcia

      • Foggy World

        No, you are just so wrong. These are the civil “Servants” who will be running the huge State portion of Obama-care coming our way conveniently after the November election.

        I think this is a perfect example of why people are concerned about how government seems to not function very well and why aspirin may be all we soon will be able to get our hands on.

        The federal folks like Ms. Pelosi said they would get around to reading the Plan but I wonder if they or the State civil “Servants” who will be administering our health care could actually sit for (maybe on a throne) a four hour exam to prove that while toilet paper is beyond them, they will keep us all alive if not heathy.

  • mike

    do you mean to tell me men, women the young and old all need to use restrooms? not sure about that. I think you need to check your facts.

    • jockomofo

      that’s right, the women are, smarter, that’s right the women are smarter, the women are smarter that’s right (that’s right).
      Bob Weir

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  • jim6037

    Third world here we come. Left hands taboo in many parts of the world…you can figure it out.

    • j R

      I do not know who you are, but what a great post. I actually laughed out loud. And by the way, I wished I would have thought of it and posted before you. And on point as well, that is rare. Good job Sir.

      • ExposingTheCoverUp

        If only they could use our Constitution like the government does. So much of the news is made up after the coup and cover up. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out. Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in history

    • Seriously?

      It’s gonna make it hard to run for reelection. Who’s going to want to shake their hand?

  • Cladue Hopper

    Christie can ask Iowa to send some of the corn cobs left over from the ethanol process. That’s a green solution and deserves an Obama loan.

    • Seriously?

      You deserve a tax credit for that idea.

  • David from San Diego

    This situation could not exist in the absence of corruption. We need a death penalty for bribes and kickbacks in government.

  • Startex

    Democrats in dying city. Wonder how that happened.

  • mewp

    I love this. welcome to the welfare state./ I hope all you liberals are proud of yourselves. On my first visit to Europe 40 years ago, I was amazed that in Germany you had to put coins in a machine to buy toilet paper. Maybe they should try that.

    • Foggy World

      I was in Austria during the same time period and people where using torn up pieces of used newspaper to do the job. Green sort of before the rest of us. Give it a whirl oh “Civil Servants” and you, too, will survive this catstrophe.

  • cas127

    A society of “people” who can’t wipe their *ss without government “assistance”.

    Actually, the whole thing stinks of a put-up job by bureaucrats trying to ram through a wasteful budget by creating/broadcasting a phony crisis.

    Exactly the only thing public sector unions and co-opted MSM outlets are good for.

  • luxomni

    If they do that, where am I going to steal toilet paper from?

    • Seriously?

      The Texaco station down the street maybe?

  • Larry

    Useless, inefficient gov’t, yet another violation of our rights. The gov’t constantly violates our rights.
    They violate the 1st Amendment by caging protesters and banning books like “America Deceived II”.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by allowing TSA to grope you.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars.
    Impeach Obama, support Ron Paul.
    Last link of “America Deceived II” before it is completely banned:

  • ezflyer

    This displays the failure of government. Though it may seem to be funny that this is about toilet paper and the shortage of, the true meaning that this states is that there is no union or agreement between parties, there is no common sense way of thinking with regards to budgets. You have too many people with their own agendas, trying to get what they want passed and have no idea who to run government. It looks as if NJ is in a sad state of affairs. The politicians do not do the job that they were voted in to do as all they works towards is the next election.

    • ImaHippyBurning

      Quick everyone! Run to your local government office building and steal all the toilet paper then maybe we can keep the libturds from going to work and giving away more money. Geez, I wish we thought of this before, “Yes We Can” Now reduce the size of government once and for. What better way to drain the cespool than shorting them on their TP? Maybe they should just freshly printed dollars instead as it has just about as much value! Completely ignorant Hiny Wipes…

      • george

        Nice idea, but those deprived government workers will simply join their OWS comrades out in the public parks and relieve themselves on a sidewalk or on top of a car. Who needs toilet paper after an Oscar-winning gig like that?

  • Carl

    And some people REALLY want these people involved with our healthcare??? Come on folks…open your eyes!

  • Fuzzy

    Is it really to the point people are THAT dependent on government?!

    I’ll tell you what…if I knew my place of employment (even if it was the government) didn’t budget for toilet paper – guess what?! I’d take my own in for my own use! For crying out loud – what is WRONG with people now a days?! Shut down a building because people aren’t being coddled by “THE MAN.”?! Sheesh. Grow up!

    What do these people do at rest areas?!

  • jacques_poutine

    Have you thought about going to wallmart and buying more?

    • jacques_poutine

      its only a couple dollars, or do you need 100$/roll fancy government stuff? made from fur shaved off of kittens?

    • Liberal_Stupidity

      Can’t find a union rep to ask permission. Helpless just plain helpless

  • Zip

    This is unbelievable, and kinda funny. Shutting down, because of lack of toilet paper?….. thats all it takes.
    We are in some amazing times

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