JERSEY CITY - He is only 11 years old, but Ethan Nili is a confident kid whose sights are already set on City Hall.
Ethan participated in Jersey City's "kid mayor" program. He attended the grand opening of L'Atelier du Chocolat, whose chef is a top chocolatier.
"I think he's very, very smart," said chef Eric Girerd. "And he's a very, very sweet boy," the chocolatier joked.
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For the past two years, the real mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, has taken kids like Ethan and shown them what it is really like to run a city, potentially growing the city's next crop of leaders.
"A lot of the time that these guys get involved, they tend to be a little bit shy and reluctant to talk in public," says Fulop. "Ethan was good."
Ethan believes that being mayor for a day provided a unique opportunity. He left with two must-haves in mind in order to succeed: "It's patience, because it takes time for everything to happen," says Ethan. "And contacts. So, you have to know different people."
Wise words from a mover and shaker who is too young to vote, but is still winning over "constituents."