New Jersey's 39th Legislative District

Senator Gerald Cardinale

  • Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) speaking in opposition to A-2006, legislation that would reduce the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds during a Senate session on May, 12, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) was a guest speaker at the induction ceremony of the Political Science Society at Ramapo College on April 23, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Gerald Cardinale took the oath of office during the reorganization meeting of the 2014-2015 New Jersey Senate on January 14, 2014 to represent the people of the 39th Legislative District. (Facebook)

  • Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations.

  • Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) joined military veterans at American Legion Post 153 in Park Ridge on May 31, 2013 to announce legislation that will require New Jersey colleges to better support students with military obligations.

  • Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) speaking at a meeting of local, county and state officials at the Steuben House on August 1, 2012 to discuss how to best preserve and repair the historic site. (NJ.com/Miles Ma)

  • Senator Gerald Cardinale speaking during a Senate session on Monday, February 22, 2010.

  • Senator Gerald Cardinale speaking during the Senate session on June 25, 2009 in opposition to Governor Corzine’s 2010 budget.

  • Senator Gerald Cardinale reviewing the details of Governor Corzine’s 2010 budget plan prior to a Senate session on June 25, 2009.  Senator Cardinale voted against the Governor’s budget.

  • Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) Questioning BPU President Jeanne Fox During Reconfirmation Hearing in Senate Judiciary Committee on March 9, 2009.

Senator Gerald Cardinale

Editorial: Cardinale Calls on Dems to Pass Gov. Christie’s School Funding Plan

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The Star-Ledger published an editorial by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) calling on Democrats to pass Governor Christie’s landmark school funding reform, the “Fairness Formula,” to provide property tax relief and give all students an equal chance at success. 

Sen. Gerald Cardinale called on Democrats in the Legislature to pass Gov. Christie’s school funding reform Fairness Formula. (SenateNJ.com)

Gov. Chris Christie’s landmark school funding reform, the “Fairness Formula,” would address New Jersey’s property tax crisis by fundamentally changing the way the state spends your money.

The Christie plan is called the Fairness Formula because it provides every student in the state with the same level of funding for their education. It treats every child equally, because all of our students deserve an equal chance at success in our schools.

Under the plan, existing state education funding would be divided equally among students. Every school district would receive an identical $6,599 per student in state aid.

The Fairness Formula would provide 75 percent of school districts with more funding than they currently receive, and deliver homeowners in long-underfunded districts with real, substantive property tax relief.

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Cardinale Calls for Taxpayer Protections in Wake of $2 Million Paterson Police Officer Pension Abuse Scandal

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In the wake of a Paterson legal case that will cost taxpayers $2 million, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Passaic, Bergen) today renewed his call for swift passage of taxpayer-protections to end pension abuses and million-dollar payouts.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale calls for passage of his taxpayer protections in the wake of a Paterson police officer pension abuse scandal that will cost taxpayers $2 million. (Wikimedia Commons)

“It is unconscionable that Paterson, a city that receives $430 million in state aid every year, would waste millions of taxpayer dollars to keep a police officer accused of such a heinous crime on the payroll,” Senator Cardinale said. “Now Manuel Avila will be eligible for lifetime Cadillac health benefits and thousands of dollars in extra pension payments – all on the backs of hardworking taxpayers.”

Manuela Avila, a suspended Paterson Police Officer who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in custody, collected $900,000 in pay during the nine years he was suspended, according to recent reports. Despite accusations of wrongdoing, city officials allowed Avila to remain on the job long enough to be eligible for lifetime health benefits and extra annual pension payments.

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Senator Jennifer Beck
Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty & Cardinale Reiterate Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11), Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), and Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) were joined by anti-tax advocates today in releasing a statement reiterating their opposition to a billion dollar gas tax increase. The General Assembly approved a 23-cent gas tax hike last evening, with a half-cent sales tax reduction starting January 1, 2017 and another half-cent reduction on January 1, 2018.

Sen. Jennifer Beck, Sen. Mike Doherty and Sen. Gerry Cardinale were joined by anti-tax advocates in reiterating their opposition to a billion dollar gas tax increase. (Flickr)

Click here to sign the “No Gas Tax Increase” petition.

“I have heard the residents of New Jersey loud and clear and I remain steadfast in my opposition to a billion dollar, 23 cents per gallon increase in our gas tax,” said Senator Beck. “New Jersey residents see right through the fiscal shell game that is being played. Literally in three days, this Friday, July 1st, all 7 million New Jersey drivers will be faced with a billion dollar tax increase that will be imposed every time they take a trip to the beach, commute to work, or bring their kids to school. Without question, lowering the sales tax a penny over two years will not stop Democrats from raising it again as they have done before.”

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Cardinale Responds to Democrats’ Attempt to Block Gov. Christie’s Gun Law Reforms

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Senator Gerarld Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) expressed his strong opposition to the Democratic proposal to block Gov. Chris Christie’s common-sense changes to New Jersey’s gun laws, calling the resolution a misguided measure that would put countless New Jerseyans at risk of serious harm.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale responded to a Democratic proposal to block Gov. Chris Christie’s gun law reforms. (©iStock)

“National statistics show that when a state chooses to become a ‘shall issue’ state, violent crime goes down,” Senator Cardinale said. “Blocking the Governor’s proposed regulations will discourage victims facing serious threats from applying for the permits they desperately need while allowing criminals to continue operating knowing that their victims won’t be able to defend themselves.”

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Cardinale to Introduce Bill Allowing Access to Carry Permits for Lawful Citizens

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement on carry permit legislation today:

Sen. Gerald Cardinale announced he was drafting legislation that would allow residents who pass the same background checks as judges to get carry permits. (SenateNJ.com)

The introduction of S-1982 created a public ground swell of overwhelming support for extending a similar ‘right to carry’ opportunity well beyond judges and legislators. I have introduced such proposals in the past (such as the ‘Citizens’ Protection Act.’) There was never enough critical mass of public support to move my legislative colleagues to address the issue.

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Update from Cardinale on Carry Permit Legislation

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In response to some of the concerns that arose following the announcement of legislation introduced last week to allow judges and legislators to obtain handgun carry permits, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen, Passaic) offered the following statement:

My current introduction of a very modest modification of the case law definition of ‘Justifiable Need’ has already revealed the anti-gun lobby as opposing the basic human right of self-defense. There is no realistic probability that judges or legislators will misuse guns, but opposition by Miller and other anti-gun activists to my proposal is quite revealing.

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Cardinale Bill to Allow Carry Permits for Judges & Legislators

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New Legislation would allow New Jersey judges and legislators to obtain permits to carry handguns, provided they receive firearms training

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) introduced a bill that would allow legislators, as well as judges at the superior and municipal court levels, to obtain permits to carry handguns provided they complete at least eight hours of firearm safety training.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale introduced legislation that would make it easier for judges and legislators to get handgun carry permits. (©iStock)

“Judges and legislators face a greater risk of falling victim to violent attacks, simply because of their easily identifiable position in public life,” Senator Cardinale said. “This measure will ensure that public servants have the means to protect themselves from those who might violently disagree with their viewpoints or decisions. A judge should feel safe returning home each night no matter how they ruled or what they ruled on that day.”

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Cardinale: Introduces Trio of Taxpayer-Protection & Good Govt Reforms in Response to Paterson Abuses

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In the aftermath of recently reported taxpayer abuses in Paterson, Senate Republican Gerald Cardinale introduced a trio of new taxpayer-protection and good government bills to accompany his bipartisan reform to end six-figure sick-leave payouts for public employees.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale introduced a trio of new taxpayer-protection and good government bills to accompany his efforts to end six-figure sick-leave payouts for public employees. (SenateNJ.com)

Paterson — in the midst of municipal and school budget crises — just gave its police chief a big annual salary raise to $210,631, redoing his contract with just a few weeks left, when he must retire within a year. This deal gives a package of retroactive raises, including a 12-percent pay increase dating to 2012 and four 2-percent hikes. It pads his pension and $150,000 payout for unused sick and vacation days.

“Local governments, especially those in such financial chaos should not be abusing taxpayer dollars to benefit a select few,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen). “Paterson’s backroom decision is a maltreatment of local taxpayers, as well as state taxpayers who annual send about $25 million in aid to this cash-strapped city. I hope the state Department of Community Affairs will ultimately reject this particular chief’s new contract, but the time for reform is now to preserve the public trust in every town and city.”

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Cardinale to Scutari: Regain Control of Judiciary Committee & Schedule Bauman Hearing ASAP

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Ranking Republican Judiciary Committeeman Gerald Cardinale urged Senate Democrat Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari to regain control of that committee and schedule a state Supreme Court confirmation hearing for brilliantly qualified David Bauman.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale urged Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nicholas Scutari to schedule a confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee David Bauman. (©iStock)

“Chairman Scutari and I have a long history together serving the public on this committee, and I consider him a friend. I know he’s smart enough to understand that there is no constitutional basis to deny David Bauman’s nomination. He knows there’s no language in the constitution about Supreme Court political balance or anything to do with the partisan makeup of the High Court or any constitutional requirement about political affiliations of Supreme Court justices.

“I get that he’s trying to be loyal to his fellow Democrat politician, the Senate President, but I urge him to shift his loyalty to the 8.9 million New Jerseyans who are being denied justice, property tax relief, proper affordable housing and healthcare resolutions due to the lack of a full state Supreme Court.

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Advanced: Cardinale, Bucco Bill to Provide Greater Aid to Military Members in College

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale and Senator Anthony Bucco to offer greater aid to members of the National Guard and Armed Services who are balancing military service and higher education was advanced by the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Legislation by Sen. Gerry Cardinale and Sen. Anthony Bucco would help members of the National Guard and Armed Services who balance military service and higher education. (SenateNJ.com)

“This legislation offers invaluable, duly-deserved support for the members of the military who risk their lives to protect the liberties and freedoms we hold dear,” Senator Cardinale said. “Our pledge to support the troops must extend beyond the battlefield. We can honor this promise by ensuring all of these heroes have the basic support they need to complete their college degree – an essential tool that will help them thrive here in the state they call home.”

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