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The Boss
BIPARTISAN OPERATIONS

By David Dayton McKean
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

The following year the Clean Government faction of the Republican Party sought to depose the governor from his leadership; they felt that the guidance of one party from Jersey City was enough. Hoffman had had presidential ambitions, but they had been pretty well dashed by his handling of the Hauptmann case; he hoped, nevertheless, to have an important share in the selection of the presidential candidate, and to that end sought selection as delegate-at-large in the May primary. His opponents put up against him Franklin Fort, a highly respected citizen, former congressman, and son of a governor of the state. The primary campaign was bitter and hard fought.

In Jersey City on primary day, May 19, according to the newspapers, there were charges of a `deal' whereby Democratic voters switched to the Republican side to support Governor Hoffman. John Ferguson, Superintendent of the Bureau of Elections, charged that twenty-five thousand Democrats had used Republican ballots. Although Joseph E. Colford, Hudson County Democratic chairman, called the reports ridiculous, the official election statistics seem to show either colonization of the Republican primary or a political miracle. Taking Wards 1, 2, and 3, for example:

Republican General Election Votes
Ward 1935 1936 1937 1938
1 179 294 382 349
2 88 93 114 115
3 238 376 332 281

Republican Primary, 1936
Ward Edge Duffield Conklin Hoffman Fort
1 219 2l9 218 832 8
2 160 158 159 619 3
3 290 271 263 1018 27

It will be observed that all the candidates, except Hoffman and Fort, were not far from the normal Republican vote as shown by the general election returns; but Hoffman got from two to six times the usual vote, while Fort's vote was insignificant

Examining the returns from some of the election districts in Wards 1, 2, and 3, the performance of the governor is even more astonishing:

Republican General Election Vote
Ward District 1935 1938 1937 1938
1 1 6 1 1 15
1 3 12 17 15 11
1 4 12 8 3 21
1 10 3 14 13 22
2 2 5 7 8 7
2 3 2 0 3 4
2 5 4 5 15 15
3 2 4 27 10 12
3 7 35 56 50 33

Republican Primary, 1936
Ward Edge Duffield Conklin Hoffman Fort
1 0 0 0 77 0
1 1 1 1 51 0
1 0 0 0 72 0
1 0 0 0 87 0
2 0 0 0 67 0
2 0 0 0 58 0
2 0 0 0 61 0
3 0 0 0 205 0
3 14 14 13 101 0

In the county Hoffman received a five-to-one majority, which gave credence to Fort's charge that he had received the votes of thousands of one-day Republicans. But he was declared elected without any official investigation of the election.

Mayor Hague made `no effort to deny the charge' of trading with the enemy to George Creel. `What's wrong with it?' he asked Creel. `The law gives us the right. And my boys have got just as much right to be independent as Norris or La Follette, haven't they?' (Collier's Magazine, October 10, 1936, p. 58.)

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