Linder was born in West New York, NJ and attended Saint Peter's Prep in Jersey City, NJ graduating in 1954. He then graduated from Seton Hall University with a BA, and from Fordham University with an MA and PhD. The New Community Corporation was formed in response the 1967 Newark riots. Joseph Matara was chief operating officer, and was the designated successor.
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