Drooling on the Pillow

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

New Jersey and Crooks: Perfect Together 

Not much excitement at the polls this morning and what there was concerned the race for mayor. We had a popular mayor die of a heart attack a few months ago and there are eleven candidates for the job, any one of four or five with a chance to win. I've lived in Jersey City for twelve years or so now and the ins and outs of local politics are still a mystery to me. I know several people (all life long residents) who do know a lot about it, but they are all cranks of one variety or other.

Three of the major candidates knocked on my door and appeared willing to stand there all day or as long as I wanted to talk. The most impressive guy was the interim mayor. Maybe I mean 'impressive' in terms of telling me what I wanted to hear. I've been warned off him by people from one end of the spectrum to the other. The guy with the most impressive resume has a problem. There are photos of him naked on his porch. I kid you not. (via Bad Hair Blog) His story involves a few beers and an insulin shot and is just dumb enough to be true. But so what? For me it came down to separating out the candidates and picking the major candidate with the furthest distance from the Hudson County democratic machine. That was Lou Manzo. I don't feel good about this, though, because I should have been better informed than I was. I hereby vow to do better in the future.
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