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The Boss

By David Dayton McKean
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

While the struggle with the C.I.O. and with the Civil Liberties Union was in progress, the Mayor went on the radio to defend his policies. The daily press was full of statements of approval and denunciation. The State Federation of Labor in its hatred for the C.I.O. forgot about Brandle and the 'reorganizing' of A.F. of L. unions `without regard for national heads,' and supported the Mayor in his campaign against the Reds. Robert Lynch, president of the Hudson County Building Trades Council, called Mayor Hague the `protector of the people' and praised him unblushingly. Sermons in defense of his position were preached in Jersey City pulpits; the Reverend Patrick J. Maloney of St. Aeden's Roman Catholic Church said that the city should be '100 per cent behind the Mayor in his battle with the C.I.O.' Charles Brophy, state senior vice-commander of the Catholic War Veterans, announced that if the Reds persisted in their attempt to invade Jersey City, Catholic war veterans should `take the law into their own hands' and drive them out.

The Mayor was also the darling of Hudson County business and industry. He was the principal speaker at the annual dinner of the Jersey City Chamber of Commerce, in January, 1938, where he spoke at length upon his defense of Jersey City against the red menace. According to the newspapers, seated with him at the speakers' table were John Allen, president of the chamber, Hamilton Fish, member of Congress from New York, Kelley Graham, president of the First National Bank of Jersey City, Joseph G. Parr, president of the Trust Company of New Jersey, and Louis Schelling, president of the Hoboken Chamber of Commerce. On another occasion Robert Carey, a former Republican candidate for governor and a former president of the Jersey City Chamber of Commerce, made a speech in praise of his old opponent for his staunch Americanism. Carey, himself a lawyer, attacked the American Bar Association for a report it issued criticizing the suppression of freedom of speech in Jersey City.


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