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The Boss

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

The boy who started life in the Horseshoe grew up to become such a devout and important Catholic that he was received by two different popes. He made a gift of an altar to St. Aedan's Roman Catholic Church in Jersey City which cost fifty thousand dollars, more than six times the highest salary he has ever received as mayor. For a number of years he has been honorary chairman of the citizens' committee of the Mount Carmel Guild, a charitable organization of the twenty-eight Roman Catholic churches of Jersey City, which has in ten years raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars. (Newark Evening News, April 21, 1938.) It is reported that he is himself a generous contributor. Whatever his religious convictions may be, no one has ever alleged that they interfered with any political tactics he desired to employ.

He has the memory for political information and persons necessary for success in public life. He knows his city and his county as thoroughly as any living person; he can recite by the hour dates, names, election statistics, political anecdotes. He knows the state almost as well. He can predict perfectly how the people of Jersey City will respond and reasonably well how the people of New Jersey will act, for his political education was first-hand: he did not learn from books, but directly from the electorate, both in Hudson County and in Trenton.


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