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50 For The Future
A New Generation Of Leaders

Originally appeared in Time Magazine on December 5, 1994

Bret Schundler, 35 Mayor of Jersey City
He is the last person one would expect to see running Jersey City. More than half the population is nonwhite, over 14% of the city's residents are on welfare, and Democrats have controlled City Hall since 1917. Bret Schundler is white, prosperous (he once sold bonds on Wall Street) and a darling of the Republican Party. What makes him stand out in Jersey City, however, is his accomplishments since being elected in 1992. In a mayor's office so corrupt that one of his predecessors' desks was actually rigged to drop bribes into visitors' laps, Schundler's fiscal proposals present a national model for urban reform -- while casting the mayor as a potential candidate for national office. Schundler preaches a gospel of lower taxes, less government and "voucherizing" city services so that people decide for themselves who sweeps their streets and educates their kids. Says he: "We want those directly affected by services to be in charge of hiring them."


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Hudson County Facts Winter 2006 by Anthony Olszewski
Hudson County, New Jersey is a place of many firsts - including genocide and slavery.
Political corruption is a tradition here.
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