In the old days of Hudson County politics, people didn’t mind throwing a punch

Thanks to a PoliticsNJ.com reader who sent us this September 25, 1915 New York Times story about Hudson County Sheriff (and former Congressman) Eugene Kinkead punching a former Jersey City Clerk who impugned his integrity — all in front of a group of reporters:

Kinkead was a 32-year-old Jersey City Alderman when he won a seat in Congress in 1908; he retired in 1914 to run for higher office: Hudson County Sheriff. Kinkead ran to help Frank Hague take control of Hudson County over supporters of former Mayor H. Otto Wittpenn. Kinkead defeated Emil Groth, the Wittpenn candidate, by about 1,200 votes countywide. Hague’s candidates for County Clerk, County Supervisor, and for twelve State Assembly seats, won.

After Hague became Mayor of Jersey City in 1916, he dropped Kinkead from the 1917 Hudson County Democratic organization line. Kinkead served in the U.S. Army during World War I, eventually moved to South Orange, where he became a banker and newspaper publisher. He died in South Orange in 1960 at age 84.

In the old days of Hudson County politics, people didn’t mind throwing a punch