NEW JERSEY: Bingo at the Polls

In defense of bingo, the Roman Catholic Church plunged deep into New Jersey politics.

Proceeds from weekly bingo games, held in church basements and hired halls, have helped pay for parochial schools, for school buses, for Catholic charities. Republican Governor Alfred Driscoll, up for reelection, was on record against the game. Said Driscoll: "Some people characterize bingo as a harmless pastime. I say it is gambling, and has been known to be run at times by gangsters and racketeers." His Democratic opponent, Elmer H. Wene, who is backed by Frank Hague, the...

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