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The Boss
SOURCES OF POWER: THE MACHINE

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

The army of public employees, their salaries, and how they are managed. The `civil service' in Jersey City. The election-day efficiency. Fraudulent registration and voting. Funds for the machine.

A Prince cannot rely upon what he sees in tranquil times ... when everyone agrees with him ... A wise Prince ought to adopt such a course that his citizens will always and in every sort and kind of circumstance have need of the state and of him, and then he will always find them faithful.


YOU SEE THAT DISTRICT,' Mayor Hague once said to William R. Clark of the Newark Evening News, as he pointed to a huge chart in his office. `Notice that the vote by ten o'clock last year was twice what it was this year. The chart shows the reason. There's a church right across the street from the polling place. Last year election day fell on a holy day of obligation, and we got them just as they came out of church.' The chart shows every election district, the men and women in charge, and their workers; it shows the vote in each district in previous years, and not only the total, but the vote cast hour by hour; and any unusual circumstances that might have affected the vote are noted, such as a fire, a funeral, or the weather. The commander-in-chief, wherever else he may go during the year, is in his office with this chart on election day, the day for which his army trains the year around; and the chart shows the battleground. It is only one indication of the perfection of the political organization which, through the years, the Mayor has built up.

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