JERSEY CITY — The City Council just voted at-large Councilman Peter Brennan the body's president pro-tem when Council President Mariano Vega fights corruption charges.
The council created the position of "President Pro-Tem" today, which has been under consideration since their first reorganization on July 1.
Seven council members voted aye on Bernnan, but Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop abstained. His objection was that the council wavedthe normal 20 day wait period between the passage of the legislation and the mayor signing it. Fulop said that it was hypocritical for the council to act like there's no sense of urgency on other matters relating to the corruption bust, but that there is for this one.
Vega has proclaimed his innocence and vowed not to resign. The council rejected Fulop's resolution of no confidence in Vega just before voting to elevate Brennan president pro-tem.
Brennan challenged Vega for the council presidency earlier this month, but could not muster enough support to take it over.