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Sharpe James: A Political Prisoner

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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.

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