James gets 27 months
Max Pizzaro covers the James sentencing, which includes some surprisingly sympathetic language for Sharpe’s 32-year service to the city. U.S. Attorney Chris Christie plans to appeal the ruling.
Reflecting on the James legacy, Martini discussed driving into the City of Newark today, passing Bears Stadium, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and the new arena.
“When bad things happen under your watch, you get blamed for everything,” said the judge. “On the other hand, when good things happen under your watch, you have a right to make claim. …I think reasonable people looking at that should give him credit for that.”
“Just because a mayor pushes for a friend – is that corruption?” the judge wondered aloud. “It’s a fine line. I know. I’ve been there. I was a politician.”