James family returns to Newark City Hall as former mayor's son wins council seat

By David Giambusso/The Star-Ledger
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on November 05, 2013

John Sharpe James, pictured in this file photo was elected tonight to fill the seat vacated by Rep. Donald Payne (D-10th Dist.)


Roughly a week after former mayor Cory Booker left Newark City Hall, the James family returned.

John Sharpe James, son of former Mayor Sharpe James, was elected to a vacant at-large council seat tonight in a commanding 40 point victory over the next highest vote getter, according to unofficial returns.

"We know the real Newark. We know what Newark used to be," James told a crowd of roughly 200 supporters at Newark's Key Club. "We need to go back to that Newark."

The James family has been among Booker’s biggest critics for more than a decade. James, the son, has run twice for the council during Booker's seven-year reign, but was unsuccessful until tonight.

His election comes as City Hall grapples with a tenuou