NEW JERSEY: Grooming for the Groom

Spurred since his undergraduate days at Princeton by ambitions to become New Jersey's governor. Republican State Senator Malcolm Stevenson Forbes four years ago tried his handshaking best to get the job. He never got past the primary.

But noting that he had lost to the organi zation candidate by only 52,000 votes, Forbes altered his tactics. He continued to nail outstretched hands, and mailed out family-photo Christmas cards to more than 5,000 New Jersey voters. But he also spent the time between elections cultivating the Garden State's G.O.P.

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