When the Governor wasn’t quite so powerful

PoliticsNJ.com released a list today of the Fifty Most Powerful Elected Officials in New Jersey, noting that "the New Jersey Constitution grants such extraordinary powers to the Governor that only in extreme circumstances would a sitting Governor not be #1 on the list. But there was a time, albeit before the current State Constitution went into effect, when that was not the case.

During the thirty years that Frank Hague was the Mayor of Jersey City (1917-47), he was more powerful than most of the Governors, whoserved a three-year term and were not permitted to run for re-election. Democratic gubernatorial candidates were often handpicked by Hague (Hudson County dominated statewide Democratic primaries) and Republican candidates for Governor usually sought to make Hague an issue.From 1933 to 1945, Hague dealt directly with Franklin Roosevelt's White House.

When the Governor wasn’t quite so powerful