Government by Default

New Jersey's Governor Walter Evans Edge said bluntly: "The public interest in primary elections has become so apathetic they might as well be abolished."

The Governor, whose own slate won the Republican primary by 5-to-1 majorities, had no ax to grind. The facts were enough. In industrial New Jersey, where even the busiest war worker could find some time to vote during the 13-hour poll day, they straggled into the polls at the rate of six an hour. Nowhere except in Frank Hague's well-regimented Hudson County did the vote exceed 15% of the...