Sharpe James: A Political Prisoner - My9 New Jersey

Sharpe James: A Political Prisoner

Posted: Updated:
Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James went from one of Newark’s most well-known and respected elected officials to a convicted felon who served 18 months. Now as an author, James claims he is a political prisoner during the time he was incarcerated.

James was convicted of 5 counts of fraud for allegedly setting the prices of homes that a close friend of his bought from the city at a low cost. James says that this isn’t true. “They said Sharpe James provided a steep discounted price for a close personal friend. It’s impossible. The mayor doesn’t set the price,” he said.

James says he was part of a political plot. “Booker wanted me out of the way. Because everywhere he went they said Sharpe did that. Sharpe did that. He got tired of hearing that. I’ve got to get rid of Sharpe. He might run again,” he said.

James also says that Governor Christie was part of his supposed unfair imprisonment. “Christie was following that successful GOP strategy. Attack an African American, attack the Latino community, attack any of them. I want to be tough on minorities,” he said.

Even though he seems to hold some resentment, he understands this is what people do in politics. James endorsed Booker in the senatorial race and thinks that Booker will be a tremendous senator.

Now that James is out of prison and re-establishing himself in politics in Newark, the debate continues as to whether he was just another corrupt politician or whether he in fact was a political prisoner.

Watch Chasing New Jersey weeknights at 10pm on My9 and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!

  • Chasing New JerseyMore>>

  • Community Rallies To Help Find Missing Puppy

    Community Rallies To Help Find Missing Puppy

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 4:40 PM EDT2014-08-27 20:40:59 GMT
    Sadly, Jeter the pit bull puppy is missing. While dogs go missing all the time, there are two specific things that distinguish this story from others. First, several witnesses say Jeter didn't wonder off and that they saw Jeter get taken. Second, the community has rallied in a huge way to help find the loveable pup.
    Sadly, Jeter the pit bull puppy is missing. While dogs go missing all the time, there are two specific things that distinguish this story from others. First, several witnesses say Jeter didn't wonder off and that they saw Jeter get taken. Second, the community has rallied in a huge way to help find the loveable pup.
  • Widow Of Boston Bomber Now Living In North Bergen, NJ

    Widow Of Boston Bomber Now Living In North Bergen, NJ

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:15:56 GMT
    The widow of Tamerian Tsarnaev, the alleged mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombings has been discovered in North Bergen. Katherine Russell was married to Tsarnaev and living with him in Cambridge at the time of the Boston bombings which killed three people and injured 260 more back in April of 2013. The widow has apparently since moved to New Jersey to be near family.
    The widow of Tamerian Tsarnaev, the alleged mastermind behind the Boston Marathon bombings has been discovered in North Bergen. Katherine Russell was married to Tsarnaev and living with him in Cambridge at the time of the Boston bombings which killed three people and injured 260 more back in April of 2013. The widow has apparently since moved to New Jersey to be near family.
  • AC Eminent Domain Still Threatening Homes Amid Casino Closings

    AC Eminent Domain Still Threatening Homes Amid Casino Closings

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 11:01 AM EDT2014-08-27 15:01:00 GMT
    Empty spaces are popping up all over Atlantic City with the closing of three major casinos: Revel, Trump Plaza, and Showboat. Even with all of this going on, the city is still trying to use eminent domain to take away the home of an Atlantic City local legend, Piano Man Charlie Birnbaum. Birnbaum has tuned pianos for icons like: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and John Legend. He's been a resident of Atlantic City in the same home for over 50 years.
    Empty spaces are popping up all over Atlantic City with the closing of three major casinos: Revel, Trump Plaza, and Showboat. Even with all of this going on, the city is still trying to use eminent domain to take away the home of an Atlantic City local legend, Piano Man Charlie Birnbaum. Birnbaum has tuned pianos for icons like: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and John Legend. He's been a resident of Atlantic City in the same home for over 50 years.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices