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Friday, July 13, 2007

WNYC's Bob Hennelly discusses the indictment of former mayor Sharpe James, and the 40th anniversary of the city's 1967 riots.

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Bob Hennelly

Comments [4]

Alvaro from Union, NJ

I spent most of my life growing up in Newark and can personally tell you that James has been one of the worst things to happen to this city. Everyone knows about the excesses of his administration, the fact that we now owe millions to the federal government because of the corruption in the housing authority. His past use of his dual state senate seat and mayoral position for personal gain. His trips with city money to places like Brazil or to buy expensive cars. All while the state Democratic Party wouldn't even touch him because his political machine brought in black votes. The only progression during his administration has been in Downtown Newark and the Ironbound all other sections of the city have pretty much been the same. I'm not surprised by some of the apologist callers during this segment, these are some of the same people that fell for the "I'm blacker then the Jewish controlled Cory Booker" campaign back in 2002.

Jul. 13 2007 03:34 PM
keith from midtown manhattan

Where were the shackles on the Kenneth Lay and Scilling? What about Scooter Libby? Former Mayer James is not accused of any "violent crime", so why should he be treated any differently from other "White collar" criminals.

Jul. 13 2007 11:21 AM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

The recently shown documentary about the Newark riot makes clear how often the public is mislead.

I felt chills when the white finding no action at all, talking to some guys in front of a looted liquor store, and someone suggested getting a beer. As the black guys were coming out of the store, police shot one of the guys and killed him.

Eruptions followed in the city.

Sounds like a police riot to me.

Jul. 13 2007 11:15 AM
jawbone from Parsippany, NJ

Given the "theatrics" of the James appearance, I figure Chris Christie is taking a page out of Giuliani's playbook on how to run for elective office. Remember Giuliani frogmarching traders out of their offices in handcuffs? And the cases falling apart? But, like a good Republican, he created an image, which is more important than reality.

I figure Christie's going to run for the US Senate seat.

Jul. 13 2007 11:13 AM

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