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1973 New Jersey gubernatorial election

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1973 New Jersey gubernatorial election

← 1969 November 6, 1973 1977 →
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Nominee Brendan Byrne Charles W. Sandman Jr.
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 1,414,613 676,235
Percentage 66.7% 31.9%

1973 NJ GovElect Result.svg
County results
Byrne:      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%
Sandman:      60-70%

Governor before election

William T. Cahill

Elected Governor

Brendan Byrne

The 1973 New Jersey gubernatorial election was held on November 6, 1973. Incumbent Republican Governor William T. Cahill ran for reelection, but was defeated in the Republican primary by Charles W. Sandman Jr. In the general election, Democratic nominee Brendan Byrne defeated Sandman with 66.67% of the vote.

As of 2021, this remains the largest popular victory in the history of New Jersey by a Democratic candidate. Byrne carried 20 of New Jersey's 21 counties, with Sandman only winning his native Cape May. This is the most recent gubernatorial election in which the Democratic nominee won Morris and Sussex counties.

Primary elections

Primary elections were held on June 5, 1973.[1]

Democratic primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Brendan Byrne 193,120 45.31
Democratic Ann Klein 116,705 27.38
Democratic Ralph DeRose 95,085 22.31
Democratic Frank Forst 15,815 3.71
Democratic Vito Albanese 5,460 1.28
Total votes 426,185 100.00

Republican primary



Republican Party primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Charles W. Sandman Jr. 209,657 57.51
Republican William T. Cahill 148,034 40.61
Republican Michael A. Maglio 6,881 1.89
Total votes 364,572 100.00

General election


Major party candidates

  • Brendan Byrne, Democratic
  • Charles W. Sandman Jr., Republican

Other candidates

  • A. Howard Freund, American
  • Alfred V. Colabella, Independent
  • Robert Clement, Socialist Labor Party of America
  • John A. Goodson, Libertarian
  • James J. Terlizzi, Sr., Independent Taxpayer's Watchdog
  • Stanley R. Knis, Tax Repeal
  • Kenneth F. Newcombe, Communist
  • Angelo S. Massaro, People's Choice
  • Jack D. Alvino, Independent
  • George Gilk, Defeat Narcotics Crime


New Jersey gubernatorial election, 1973[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Brendan Byrne 1,414,613 66.67%
Republican Charles W. Sandman Jr. 676,235 31.87%
American Independent A. Howard Freund 6,412 0.31%
Independent Alfred V. Colabella 5,088 0.24%
Socialist Labor Robert Clement 4,249 0.20%
Libertarian John A. Goodson 3,071 0.15%
Independent James J. Terlizzi, Sr. 2,670 0.13%
Independent Stanley R. Knis 2,108 0.10%
Communist Kenneth F. Newcombe 2,008 0.10%
Independent Angelo S. Massaro 1,898 0.09%
Independent Jack D. Alvino 1,843 0.09%
Independent George Gilk 1,814 0.09%
Democratic gain from Republican Swing


  1. ^ a b c "Candidates for the Office of Governor - State of New Jersey" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1973. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "Votes Cast for the Office of Governor of the State of New Jersey" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. 1973. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
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