Toilet tissue travails in Trenton

An animal rights group's "cheeky" donation will help fill the City of Trenton's toilet paper gap.

PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) will provide a six-month supply emblazoned with an anti-slaughterhouse message.

Accepting the offer, the never-a-dull-moment administration of Mayor Tony Mack also moved Tuesday to make emergency paper product purchases for city buildings.

The shortage stems from a stalemate between Mack and the city council about the proposed price of a previous paper product purchase.

The target of an unsuccessful recall effort last year, Mack -- who suffers from no shortage of ego -- has successfully propelled his city into the national spotlight.

But this isn't the first time toilet paper has made headlines in Trenton. In 1990, then-Governor Jim Florio's proposed tax hike on a variety of necessities inspired massive protests in the state capital and may well have flushed his chances for a second term.