New York Times: Scenes From Newark’s City Hall, Replayed in Federal Court
Back and forth it goes, people who see Mr. James as corrupt and out of date and people who figure there were good reasons that he was king of Newark for 20 years. Some of the detractors figure Mr. James’s elastic business ethics have finally caught up with him. “It’s probably overdue, but better now than never,” said Tregg Barney, 30.
But more common is a sense that even if Mr. James was looking out for his friends, isn’t that the American way? And what they care about is two things — safety and jobs, neither of which will change overnight or have much to do with whether the feds, after more than a decade, finally nail Mr. James.