Convicted Former Newark Mayor Returns To City Hall

NEWARK, NJ (AP) – The former mayor of New Jersey’s largest city returned to City Hall for the first time since he got out of prison.

City leaders, police, city workers and community activists lined up to shake hands with Sharpe James on Thursday.

James ran Newark for more than 20 years before he was convicted and sent to prison on charges of abusing his office by steering city-owned land to his one-time mistress.

James told The Star-Ledger of Newark he was “just a citizen going to a council meeting.”

James said as a property owner, he’s “very much concerned about the property tax rate.” James said this year’s 16 percent increase threatened Newark’s middle class.

James has been working as an adviser at the Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. FHAK 2.0 MAGAZINE says:

    LETS NOT FORGET HOW MUCH SHARP MEANT TO OUR TOWN,IT ANT BEEN THE SAME SENCE HE LEFT.WE TALKING ABOUT A MAN THAT CREATED JOBS,IF U DID;NT HAVE ONE,A MAN THAT WAS HANDS ON WITH THE PPL,NOT GOING AROUND WITH A ARM FULL OF SECURITY WORRIED,A REAL NEWARK BREADED MAN. EVERYBODY IS GONNA DO SOME WRONG,THIS NEW ADMINISTRATION JUST ANT GONE DO IT IN YOUR FACE..LOL…(FHAK 2.0 MAGAZINE)…SHARP HOLLA AT ME..

  2. MAD AS HELLLLLL ! says:

    WOW..Talk about shaking hands with the devil. After 20yrs as a “MAYOR”..he defines BIG-TIME CROOK. All he did was pad his own greedy pockets. Take a good look at Newark..It’s how New York was back in the 70’s. Crime..drug-infested..and lazy good for nothing people living off taxpayer dollars. He is digusting…!

  3. Roy says:

    An advisor at a church,how ironic,what does he tell them? how to commit theft and fraud without getting caught?

  4. scott says:

    Sharpe James, the EPITOME of urban DEMONcrat corruption. The sad thing here is he believes he’s a victim.

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