The Nation: Recollections of a Jersey City Childhood

The indictment of New Jersey's Hudson County Democratic boss John V. Kenny seven weeks ago brought back special memories for TIME Copyreader Madeline Butler, who was raised in Jersey City. Although she has not lived in Kenny's bailiwick since 1957, she vividly recalls what it was like to grow up under his now-vanishing kind of politics:

TINY for an Irish politician, his smile still happy as a choirboy's, John V. Kenny was shown on national TV as he left federal court. The television reporter did not laugh at the sad little quip Kenny, now 77,...

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