Supporters are preparing for the return of the former longtime mayor of New Jersey's largest city.

The Star-Ledger of Newark's Web site reports former Newark Mayor Sharpe James left a federal prison camp in Virginia Tuesday morning and boarded a bus in Richmond for New Jersey.

James was convicted in April 2008, stemming from charges that he abused his office by steering city-owned land to his then-mistress. He received a 27-month term and must serve the remainder of his sentence at a halfway house.
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A spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Prisons would not confirm James has been released.

A posting on Facebook purporting to be from James' son is urging supporters to greet James at Newark's bus station.