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The Boss

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

The county police and jail employees, while well paid, are still not compensated on quite the handsome scale of the Jersey City force. Both are paid generously, however, on the theory expressed by local officials that a policeman with an adequate salary is less inclined to accept graft than one whose pay is insufficient for normal family needs. His family budget, moreover, is probably less upset by an assessment of three per cent if his pay is $3000 than if it were $1500, as it would be in Kansas City; and it is obvious that the organization can collect twice as much. A man on a salary of 3000 can well afford to do all the other things that help to keep an organization functioning, such as paying dues to a political club, buying tickets for outings and raffles, and making an occasional contribution for a needy member.

The number of policemen to be seen on the streets of Jersey City is so great that a visitor feels that there is one on very corner. Jersey City always looks as if there were about to be a parade or a riot. With the county and boulevard police normally assigned to Jersey City, there are approximately a thousand police officers for a city of slightly more than three hundred thousand, or about one for each three hundred people. Jersey City cannot be as wicked as that. With a force of such size it would seem that Jersey City could repel an invasion, even of the C.I.O., but Mayor Hague testified in the trial that John L. Lewis could not be allowed to come to Jersey City in spite of such a police force. `No, he could not be allowed to come because it would be endangering his life to permit him to come there. (Transcript, p. 1930.)


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