Nation: Jersey Joust

In the Plymouth Inn at Ocean City, N.J., a political reception was in full swing when a telephone rang in the anteroom. A woman answered it, then returned to the reception. "Who," she asked, "is Richard J. Hughes?"

As it happened. Richard J. Hughes, 52, was the reception's guest of honor—and the Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey. The woman's question was illustrative of his worst handicap in the most significant state election of 1961: hardly anyone knows Dick Hughes, while his Republican opponent, James P. Mitchell, Labor Secretary in the Eisenhower Administration, is one of New Jersey's most famous citizens.


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