Vinny’s brush with Jersey City Politics

Everyone in Jersey City’s involved with politics — even Vinny Buchelle.

Vinny was head flunky at a trucking outfit in Jersey City PG (PreGentrification). Any business here that’s bigger than the corner candy store donates to every candidate for mayor. The boss of the trucking company gave the likely winner and any real contenders donations of $1000 each. The rest of the pack were not forgotten, but they had to be happy with a pair of tickets to the $100 a plate shindig. This was how Vinny’s patron wound up with two tickets to the Cucci campaign bash. He tried to give the tickets away but nobody wanted them — except for Vinny.

Vinny sat in the Tunnel Bar — resplendent in clothes stolen from the Salvation Army especially for the occasion — watching the hands of the clock inch towards the Cucci fundraiser’s door opening time. Vinny offered the extra ticket to quite a few, but there were no takers. So, 7:30 or so he left by himself and headed south on Henderson.

The next day Vinny had a story of the bartender at the place at some point refusing to pour any more. Vinny started yelling, Hey! Whad’ya mean I can have a drink? I paid $100 buck for this ticket!”

Cucci himself interceded telling the bartender to “give him anything he wants.”

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About Anthony Olszewski

Anthony Olszewski has written on a wide variety of topics: cage birds, tropical fish, popular culture, the poetry of Amiri Baraka and a chapter on genetics for a veterinary text book, as a small sample. He worked as an editor at a magazine produced by TFH, the world's largest publisher of pet books. Anthony Olszewski is the author of a booklet on Hudson County history, Hudson County Facts, and a book of short stories, Second Thief, Best Thief, that are sold on Amazon. Anthony Olszewski established PETCRAFT.com in 1996. A pioneer on the Web, the Site continues to provide unique information on a range of companion animals, focusing on birds and fish. As a community service, he operates Jersey City Free Books. Anthony Olszewski was born in Jersey City, NJ (Margaret Hague Maternity Hospital, 1956) and is a member of Mensa.
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