Ex-Newark Mayor Sharpe James sentenced to 27 months

Ex-Newark Mayor Sharpe James sentenced to 27 months

Sharpe James, the five-term Newark mayor and a towering figure in New Jersey politics, was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for failing to disclose his romantic relationship with a girlfriend he helped get lucrative city land.

“This is a sad day,” U.S. District Judge William Martini said, announcing the decision after a four-hour hearing in a packed Newark courtroom. Martini also ordered James to pay $100,000 fine and report to prison Sept. 15. “A sad day for the citizens of Newark who are disappointed in the conduct of the mayor.”

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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