Sharpe James Says Booker Will Be a Better Senator Than Mayor

Cory Booker was sworn in as the first U.S. senator from New Jersey Thursday after resigning from his post as Newark mayor. Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James told NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider that Booker will be a better U.S. senator than he was as a mayor.

James said there was a lot of excitement in going to Washington to see the first African-American U.S. senator being sworn in.

He said that Booker was never happy as Newark mayor because to be a mayor you need to be hands-on and have day-to-day involvement.

“He was more happy with being on Oprah Winfrey’s couch or having a smiling interview but he will be a great U.S. senator for New Jersey. I think he is going to make all of New Jersey proud and I hope he will bring the money back to make even our urban cities better,” James said about Booker.

James said time will tell if his son gets elected as a member of the Newark City Council. He is happy that his son is running and believes that he will be good for the city. When asked if his son might someday run for mayor, James said he thinks that the people of Newark will make that call.

Right now, James is only concerned with the election on Nov. 5 and is not endorsing any of the four Newark mayoral candidates until after the election.

As for James’ convictions, he said, “I’m not bitter. We move on and that is what life is about.”