NEW JERSEY: Sign in the Sky

High over Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City last week circled an airplane trailing a sign: "Beat Hague—Vote American." Down on the ground, harsher words were being spoken: "Politically and morally our city has lost all semblance of democracy, having degenerated into America's first dictatorship. [After] years of misrule . . . Jersey City is tottering on the precipice of financial bankruptcy." Both skyborne and ground-gripping words came from Republicans who hoped—but scarcely expected—to pry Frank Hague loose from his 24-year-old seat as mayor of Jersey City. If facts were votes, they...

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