National Affairs: The Word from Jersey

The biggest news of Election Day flashed out of New Jersey, the only state electing a member of Congress and one of two electing a governor. Everyone agreed that it was big news, but its significance looked somewhat different in Jersey than it did on the nation's front pages.

For Congress. Created in 1932, the Sixth Congressional District in northern Jersey had never elected a Democrat. Nevertheless, a young (33) lawyer from Plainfield named Harrison A. ("Pete") William Jr.* decided he had a chance.

When he asked the Democratic National Committee for financial support, Williams was turned down. Party leaders said they did...

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