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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.
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.
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.
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.
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