Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sharpe James, former 5-term mayor of Newark and author of the new book Political Prisoner (Nutany Publishing, 2013), discusses his book, his career and NJ politics.


Comments [23]


On the day Booker is stepping down.. slide right... SHAZAM!

Oct. 17 2013 09:51 PM
chris from New York

Yet another reason I stopped donating to WNYC. What a joke.

Simply giving this criminal and thief a platform shows lousy judgment.

Oct. 17 2013 05:12 PM

A very poor decision by Lehr and his staff. Why give a platform on the future of Newark to a convicted felon who used his office to line his pockets and those of his mistress?

Oct. 17 2013 11:17 AM

James did more for Newark than Booker ever did...

Oct. 17 2013 10:50 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Newark doesn't need another JAMES. Please. The nepotism and dynasticism make the plantation politics only worse.

Oct. 17 2013 10:48 AM

this guy is a criminal, why are we entertaining him??

what is the relevance??

Oct. 17 2013 10:44 AM
Ed in Inwood from inwood

Absolute waste of airtime. This guy is an old crook plain and simple. I am so angry right now with WNYC at hosting this relic of corruption just trying to defend his image.

Oct. 17 2013 10:43 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

He referrers to himself in the 3rd person - oh dear.

Oct. 17 2013 10:42 AM
Henry from Brooklyn

I thought I would be the only listener outraged. Guess not. This man is a criminal. He can't even talk a good game.

Brian - why don't you read some of these comments on air.

Oct. 17 2013 10:42 AM
Jose from Newark ,NJ

Please ask him what is his net worth. How much money he has after been Newark mayor. I was told he is a multimillionaire now.

Oct. 17 2013 10:41 AM
Joel Hubbard from Long Island

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

Oct. 17 2013 10:41 AM
annoyed in newark from brick city, nj

really? you have sharp james on to talk about WHAT'S NEXT in newark? he is a part of the sad gloomy past of this city and not fit to speak about newark beyond the city after this mayor. there is much excitement about what this city can be after all the media obsession--there are many other politicy/community leaders who deserves a platform to speak about our experience. i hear about sharp james people roaming about the city hall these days, quite scary, and i don't think your New York City based media attention to this man helps on that.

brian, very disappointed. you are making me cringe.

Oct. 17 2013 10:41 AM
Jay F.

Unbelievable! Really?

Oct. 17 2013 10:40 AM

@John Weber -

I agree, but if you're going to condemn him for 'double-dipping' because he was a mayor and a state senator, that is going to be a crowded cell. Let's start with Sacco in North Bergen - mayor, state senator AND he's his own Asst. Superintendent of Schools.

Brian Lehrer Show - this is a new low. Guy is a criminal and every word out of his mouth is sidestepping of responsibility and self-justification.

Oct. 17 2013 10:39 AM

Wow, Brian. Why on earth would you interview this guy?

Oct. 17 2013 10:38 AM
john from office.

Wow, again Brian is too white and liberal to interview a black criminal politician.

To compare himself to Treyvon?! This guy was the Robert Mugabe of Newwark a stealing HNIC.

Oct. 17 2013 10:36 AM

Sharpe James is a criminal. A mayor who did all who could for his friends while the city suffered. He is an embarrassment and a joke. Newark may never come back to where it was before its decline but the difference between Booker and James is astounding.

Oct. 17 2013 10:35 AM
John Weber from NJ

And now he's taking up valuable air time saying he was not guilty. Get this guy off the air!!!!!

Oct. 17 2013 10:34 AM
John Weber from NJ

A new low for WNYC and Brian Lehrer. Interviewing an adulterer and convicted criminal (fraud conviction) who was also a double dipper because he held the Mayor's office and served as a State Senator. All this reflects the worst of NJ politics and politics in general and people like this should not be given air time, especially on WNYC.

Shame, Shame, Shame

Oct. 17 2013 10:32 AM


You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows...

Oct. 17 2013 10:16 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

David, I agree with almost everything you say.

James, like mayor Barry, is just another self-entitled, crusty, civil rights era "brother" - who thinks that the world should have ignored his incompetence, thievery, greed, and corruption, because he bought Dr. King a glass of water 50 years ago and because he did it to his "own".

All his mistresses, family, and sycophants on the taxpayers dime, meant for teachers and cops.

His hardened apathy for the safety and upward mobility of the mostly black community he supposedly served. His jealousy of young black leaders, by the likes of Cory Booker.

If there was ever a poster child for limits and dangers of white liberalism, it's Mr. James.

Now that Booker is DC bound, he probably wants his old job back.

That being said David, he has a right to plug his book on this show, like any other opportunist

Oct. 17 2013 10:12 AM
Joe from nearby

"this interview is an example of racism in reverse." -david from manhattan

Huh?? The interview hasn't even happened yet.
Unless you have your own personal time machine & went ahead & listened to it....


Oct. 17 2013 10:07 AM
david from manhattan

this interview is an example of racism in reverse. for black people, all right, middle class black people, people in the wage economy, sharpe james is an embarrasment, no better than marion barry. both typify the worst of public graft, racial pandering, and fittingly, both are ex-convicts. please try to have someone whose 'insights' won't inspire derision among your black listeners as guests in the future. ask your staff about it, if you doubt my point

Oct. 17 2013 09:14 AM

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