NEWARK, N.J., June 9 (UPI) -- The former mayor of New Jersey's largest city has reportedly received a target letter warning that he is the subject of a federal corruption investigation.
State Sen. Sharpe James, a Democrat, declined to seek a sixth term as mayor last year because polls showed him losing to Cory Booker, a young Ivy League-educated lawyer. James defeated Booker in 2002 in a race that attracted national attention and became the subject of a documentary, "Street Fight."
The Star-Ledger of Newark, citing sources familiar with the investigation, said the probe involves allegations that James used public money to pay for vacations and arranged the sale of city property to friends at fire-sale prices.
The FBI has reportedly been questioning former officials in the James administration, city council members and others.
Neither James nor U.S. Attorney Chris Christie would comment on the investigation. Target letters can be an invitation to potential defendants to strike an early plea bargain.