New York Times: Ex-Mayor Still Seen as Someone Who Lifted Newark
Of eight people interviewed on Broad Street in Newark, half had worked for the city during the James era. Six of the eight said they saw the verdict as unfair.
Donna Jackson, 42, who said she worked for the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training in 1987 but now is unemployed, predicted that the verdict would prompt civil unrest, similar to the kind that abounded in the city in the aftermath of the 1967 riots, which Mr. James is widely lauded for helping to quell.
“This may be such a powder keg for the people that Mayor James helped that it may push them over the boundary,” Ms. Jackson said. “Today’s verdict means there isn’t justice.”
Anecdotally, there’s a trend that citizens who lived and worked in Newark during the Mayor James era are saddened by the guilty verdict against a man who Newarkers had elevated as a local folk hero.