Like his father-in-law, Kushner was also born into wealth and appears, at times, to abide by his own set of rules. His father, Charles Kushner, founded the family real-estate company and was a mainstay of Democratic politics in New Jersey until he pled guilty to 18 counts of tax evasion, witness tampering, and offering illegal campaign donations—not to mention hiring a prostitute to sleep with his brother-in-law, tape the incident, and send said tape to his sister. The elder Kushner served one year of a two-year sentence.
Charlie Kushner’s imprisonment had a profound effect on his son. It forced Jared, who is the eldest son in his family, to take over the business at age 27, in 2008, and shoulder responsibility beyond his years.
Soon after purchasing the Observer, in 2006, Kushner seemed prepared to exert his influence.