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The Boss

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

He is always well dressed. The flashy clothes of his youth have given way to rather tight-fitting but conservative suits, usually dark, often double-breasted. He likes an overcoat with a velvet collar, and he wears a handkerchief in the breast pocket. Until recent years he always wore a derby hat, but since soft hats have been more popular he has taken to wearing them. The whole ensemble is finished off with a black tie and a pearl stickpin. On ceremonious occasions the Mayor dresses as neatly and formally as an ambassador high silk hat, gray gloves, spats, and all. The first citizen looks his part.

He begins each New Year with a public reception on the afternoon of January 1 at the City Hall, to which any citizen may come to shake the Mayor's hand and to exchange a few words; but the press is too great to permit any extended conversation. All Jersey City politicians and many from other parts of the state regard attendance at the annual reception, if not as obligatory, at least as advisable. If they get no more than a moment with the Mayor, they may still be able to talk longer to Malone, Moore, Milton, Potterton, or some others of the inner circle. The New Year's reception means so much to Frank Hague, and he knows it means so much to the people of Jersey City, that he has not missed ne in many years. He will go to great trouble and expense to be present; to attend the reception of 1940, for instance, e came back from Florida and returned after twenty-four hours in Jersey City.


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