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The Boss

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

The processes of democracy operate to select this group of ten distinguished citizens to represent the electorate of Hudson County, as follows: One each is named for the ticket by the Democratic leaders in Bayonne and West Hudson; the leaders in West New York, North Bergen, and North Hudson have to get together to select a man to represent the three, or each take one every third year; Hoboken picks two men, and Mayor Hague five for Jersey City.

In addition to the alphabetical consideration already mentioned, there are a number of other principles of practical politics that are consistently observed. The ticket-makers try to have on the ticket at least one woman. Miss May M. Carty of Jersey City was the woman member of the delegation from 1924 to 1926. When she was appointed to the state board of education she was succeeded by Miss Teresa A. Maloney, also of Jersey City. Miss Maloney discreetly does not give her age in the Legislative Manual, but she does say that she `has been politically active ever since women were enfranchised,' a statement from which anyone may make a reasonably close guess. How a woman citizen of Hudson may rise to the legislature and what groups she is likely to represent may be seen from Miss Maloney's background. She is a teacher in the primary schools. Before she went to college she attended Saint Bridget's School and Saint Aloysius' Academy. She is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, the Catholic Choral Society, the Sodalist Society, the Mount Carmel Guild, and the Diocesan Institute of Music. In addition to many other memberships and activities, she is president of the Teresa Maloney Democratic Club, `standard-bearer' of the Teresa Maloney Civic Social Club, and organist and `choir directress' of Saint Bridget's Church. Her legislative record is perfectly regular; no one has ever accused her of the slightest disloyalty to the organization – she has always voted as she was told.

The ticket has also to reflect the religious beliefs and racial origins of the people of Hudson County. Mayor Hague has a strong preference for Irishmen in public jobs because of their supposedly innate political ability, and while he may send an occasional Irishman to the legislature, the Irish legislators soon go on to higher things, as Thomas Glynn Walker went to the federal district court. On the other hand, he does not trust Italians in important positions; but they are safe enough in the assembly delegation, so that in the ten there are usually two or three Italians such as Artaserse, Beronio, Bucino. The Polish are also numerous in Jersey City, and such names as Czachorowski, Topoliski, or Szadkowski will appear on every ticket. The Jews are `recognized' by putting one or two in the legislature, a Pesin, Friedland, or Littauer. Generally, to complete the balance, there is one Protestant. With a skillful arrangement such as this no ward club can complain at City Hall that its just demands are ignored.


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