Charles W. Sandman, Jr.

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Charles William Sandman, Jr.
Charles W. Sandman.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Preceded by Thomas C. McGrath, Jr.
Succeeded by William J. Hughes
Personal details
Born October 23, 1921
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died August 26, 1985(1985-08-26) (aged 63)
Cape May Court House, New Jersey
Political party Republican
Profession Politician

Charles William Sandman, Jr. (October 23, 1921 – August 26, 1985) was an American Republican Party politician who represented New Jersey's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives and was the party's candidate for Governor of New Jersey in 1973.


Sandman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Cape May High School, attained a bachelor's degree from Temple University in Philadelphia, and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law–Newark. Sandman served in the United States Army Air Corps as a navigator during World War II, and spent seven months as a prisoner of war in Germany after being shot down.[1]

Before serving in Congress, Sandman was elected to three 4-year terms in the New Jersey Senate, in 1955, 1959, and 1963. He held the post of Majority Leader of that body in 1964 and 1965. In 1966, he ran for Congress while still holding his State Senate seat, which he resigned upon winning the federal office. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1968.

In 1973, the conservative Sandman ran for Governor, defeating moderate incumbent Republican William T. Cahill in the Republican primary election in a stunning victory.[2] In the general election, Sandman lost to Democrat Brendan Byrne in a landslide, following the pattern where New Jersey would often elect moderate Republicans to statewide office but consistently reject more conservative Republicans.

1973 - Charles W. Sandman (R), dining with "Mr. Atlantic City" Skinny D'Amato (C), and Chairman of the Committee to Legalize Gaming, Meyer I. (Mike) Segal (L).

In 1974, Sandman was serving on the House Judiciary Committee when it considered articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon. Unlike most Republicans on the committee, Sandman defended Nixon almost throughout the proceedings. At one point during the hearings, Sandman angrily told his New Jersey colleague on the committee, chairman Peter Rodino, "Please, let us not bore the American public ... you have your 27 votes", referring to the 27 affirmative votes for the first article of impeachment against Nixon.

In the 1974 Congressional elections, Republicans suffered generally because of the Watergate scandal that had by the time of the election forced Nixon to resign. Although Sandman announced that he would vote for impeachment on the House floor after the release of the "smoking gun" transcript (as did all of the Republicans who had voted against the articles in committee), his reputation was severely tarnished by his performance in the televised hearings. He was soundly defeated by Democrat William J. Hughes, his opponent in 1974. Following his defeat in his reelection bid for Congress, Sandman was approached by Vice President Nelson Rockefeller to join the Ford Administration in various capacities including an Ambassadorship of his choosing, Sandman declined and instead opted to accept Governor Thomas Kean invitation to be appointed to the bench of the Superior Court Of New Jersey.

Sandman married Marion L. Cooney of Philadelphia and produced six children; Carol, William, Marion, Robert, Charles and Richard.

Sandman's sons, Robert S. Sandman, Charles W. Sandman III and Richard E. Sandman have followed their father's legal footsteps, having a law practice in Cape May Courthouse, New Jersey.

Sandman died on August 26, 1985, in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. At the time of his death, he was a resident of the Erma section of Lower Township, New Jersey.,[1] and was interred in Cold Spring Presbyterian Cemetery in Cape May, New Jersey.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kerr, Peter. "Ex-rep. Charles Sandman. Nixon Supporter, Dies", The New York Times, August 27, 1985. Accessed October 21, 2007. "He was 64 and lived in Erma Park, N.J.... Along the way, Mr. Sandman became a Golden Gloves boxer and served as an Army Air Corps navigator during World War II. Mr. Sandman's plane was shot down on his 23d birthday and he spent seven months as a prisoner of war in Germany."
  2. Ronald Sullivan (June 6, 1973). "Sandman Defeats Cahill in New Jersey's Primary". New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas C. McGrath, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1975
Succeeded by
William J. Hughes
Political offices
Preceded by
William E. Ozzard
President of the New Jersey Senate
Succeeded by
John A. Lynch, Sr.
Party political offices
Preceded by
William T. Cahill
Republican Nominee for Governor of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Raymond Bateman