Democratic State Chairman Joseph Cryan says that Sharpe James should resign his State Senate seat now. “Enough’s enough,” Cryan said. “I believe he should resign.
James, who served as Mayor of Newark from 1986 to 2006, was indicted last week on federal corruption charges. He is not seeking re-election to his 29th district Senate seat, which expires in January.
“Why not bring in somebody new and have them represent the district,” said Cryan. “Teresa Ruiz would be excellent in that role. Why not step in now.”
Last month, Ruiz won the Democratic nomination to succeed James. She faces Assemblyman William Payne and Newark City Councilman Luis Quintana, both running as Independents, in the General Election.
James’ arraignment has been set for Monday, July 23 before U.S. District Court Judge William Martini.