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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Sharpe James – Running the Biggest Scam in New Jersey

Newark received a total of $450 million when it settled a lawsuit with the Port Authority over lease payments for the air and seaports located within the cities boundaries.

So what will Newark do with the money? Use it for school construction or towards footing the tab for other city programs and projects that Newark forces onto the state's taxpayers?

Heck no, Mayor Sharpe James plans to spread $80 million around to his political cronies. I’m sure some of that money will also find a way into James’ bank account.
Newark Mayor Sharpe James wants to use $80 million from the settlement of a lawsuit with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to endow two nonprofit corporations designed to help the city with neighborhood and economic development projects.
Look no further than the ethical and financial mismanagement of Newark’s Housing Authority under James’ pal Harold Lucas and other more recent events to understand what I’m talking about.

After taking the oath of office, now disgraced ex-Assemblywoman Evelyn Williams praised one of her predecessors, Jackie Mattison, who had been removed from office following a criminal conviction. Mattison is back doing redevelopment projects in Newark with the blessing of his old mentor, Sharpe James.

This is what happens with the bottomless money pit that is Newark. Money flows to the politically connected while the people in need of help get crumbs. It’s unbelievable to me that state Senator and Mayor Sharpe James is not being investigated for corruption. Does anyone else find it strange that Sharpe James, supporting himself as a “public servant”, owns a Rolls Royce, two yachts and and multiple homes?

When are the people in Newark going to throw this crook out of office? When are the state’s law enforcement agencies going to investigate and bring Sharpe James to justice?
Blogger James said...

Very well said. A major part of the problem (if not THE problem) is that no governor, especially a democrat one, wants to mess with Sharpe James and alienate the voters who will do what he tells them to do.

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