A municipal judge has sentenced the New York City-based civil rights activist for staging a racial profiling sit-in over the July fourth weekend that stalled Atlantic City Expressway traffic.
Sharpton says the jail term shows he's treated unfairly because of his race. But the judge, who is also black, says the term is warranted to deter others.
The judge is still deciding whether to order Sharpton to reimburse $21,000 that authorities say they paid police to work the protest.
Sharpton will have time to arrange his affairs before he must report to jail.
Last year, New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman admitted racial profiling is still a problem among the state troopers.
Two years ago, New Jersey troopers fired 11 shots at a van carrying four unarmed minority men on their way to basketball tryouts at a North Carolina college, wounding three of them. The troopers said the van was backing up into them.