See the video prequel, "Past Is Prologue: Jersey City 1949” at: vimeo.com/106156060
A sequel to 2014’s “End of The Hague Era,” this documentary examines the early years of Boss John V. Kenny (1949 - 1954). After a deeper look at Frank Hague, the focus shifts to key events during John V. Kenny’s time as mayor. Kenny faced serious challenges to his authority from fellow commissioners James F. Murray, Sr. and Charles S. Witkowski. These led to dramatic clashes and loyalty reversals within the anti-Hague coalition. Also discussed is Jersey City’s experience with commission government and its relationship to Bossism. Finally, leadership styles between Kenny and Hague are considered as is their impact on Jersey City's port economy. The film features rarely seen photos and period footage, along with audio recordings of Mayor Hague, Mayor Kenny and others, all presented here for the first time. Interviews with Professor Jim Fisher of Fordham University add invaluable scholarly insights into the initimate connection between the eonomics of the waterfront and machine government.