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The Boss

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

Most of the winter is usually spent in Florida, either at Palm Beach or Miami Beach, where he rents a villa for the season. Whenever the public business requires his personal attention in Jersey City he returns briefly. With the end of the winter season the Hagues return to Jersey City; they have a fourteen-room duplex apartment said to have a rental value of seven thousand dollars a year in the Duncan Apartments (owned in whole or in part by the Mayor) at Hudson Boulevard and Duncan Avenue, which is in the fashionable Bergen Hill section of Jersey City – an island of respectability in a sea of slums.

In May or June the summer home at Deal, New Jersey, what is called the millionaires' colony, is opened; but neither the Mayor nor Mrs. Hague ordinarily spends the whole summer there. The monotony of summer-colony life is usually broken up by a trip to Europe, to Hawaii, or to California. Deal is within easy commuting distance of Jersey City

In the autumn the family moves back to the Duncan, though the Mayor has sometimes had an apartment in a New York hotel, the Plaza or the Waldorf Astoria. After the fall election - New Jersey has annual elections - they take a place in Florida again. This is the life led by the man who began in the slums of the Horseshoe Section.


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