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

Senate Committee Advances Cardinale Measure to Support Military Members in College

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The Senate Higher Education Committee unanimously advanced legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale requiring all colleges and universities in New Jersey adopt policies providing greater support to 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.

“These requirements will make sure professors and universities are providing appropriate supports to military members who have to miss time in the class room because of the sacrifices they make outside of it in serving our country,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Service members should be given opportunities to make up the class work they have to miss due to service obligations like training or enactment.”

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Cardinale Urges Cunningham, Sweeney to Lead a Return to Trenton to End Abusive Sick Leave Payouts

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) today urged action on legislation ending abusive sick leave payouts, following news that Bayonne taxpayers are on the hook for a $444,450 payout to the retiring police chief.

“This morning, I would expect my honorable colleague Senator Cunningham to lead us in storming the State House to finally end this abuse of property tax dollars for all New Jerseyans,” said Cardinale, who with Democratic Senator Brian Stack sponsors Senate bill 79 to eliminate sick-leave payouts and limit comp-time payouts. “On behalf of our constituents, I’m issuing an urgent request for Senate President Sweeney to allow a vote on complete reform once and for all.”

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Cardinale: While Pushing for a Zero Tax Cap, Sweeney Can’t Bail on Sick Leave Reform

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Senator: There’s Still Hope After Senate President Relinquished Sponsorship of His Own Bipartisan-Supported Sick-Leave Bill

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) wants to work with the Senate President to finally pass bipartisan-sponsored sick leave legislation that mirrors a bill sponsored last session by Senator Sweeney.

“As the Senate President pushes an initiative to impose a zero-percent property tax cap on local entities that do not share services, he cannot neglect the billion-dollar sick leave liability that drives up property taxes in the short and long term,” Senator Cardinale said. “Sick leave reform needs to be done before you can even consider a zero-percent tax cap. A zero cap would force towns to have to bond or cut critical services at a moment’s notice to make these six-, seven- and eight-figure payouts.”

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Cardinale, Doherty, O’Toole Named to ‘Senate Select Committee on Investigation’

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Senate Republicans Gerald Cardinale (Bergen), Michael Doherty (Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) issued the following statement about their service on the seven-member “Senate Select Committee on Investigation,” which was initiated today by the full Senate:

“We thank Senate Republican Leader Kean, Senate President Sweeney and Chairwoman Weinberg for their confidence in us to serve the people on this committee in a rational and bipartisan fashion.

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#TBT from Cardinale: Democrats’ False Promises, Fantasies & Lies about Obamacare

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) offered a glimpse of some New Jersey Senate Democrat false promises and fantasies about the federal Affordable Care Act for #ThrowBackThursday.

“No doubt, Senate Democrats held today’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the federal Affordable Care Act as a political stunt to take shots at the Christie Administration,” said Commerce Committee member Cardinale. “Try as they might, Democrats can’t hide from how their once-beloved Obamacare is causing devastating hardships on the people of New Jersey and America. Our President has established himself as a habitual liar and no number of committee hearings or task forces can change that reality.”

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Cardinale Urges Reform in Light of Bipartisan Agreements on Ending Sick Leave Payouts

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Senator Gerald Cardinale today urged action on legislation ending lucrative sick leave payouts following news that Hackensack taxpayers are on the hook for $15 million to fund the unused sick and vacation time of city employees.

“For far too long taxpayers have been on the losing end of this ludicrous practice of awarding publicly funded jackpots to retiring local public employees who amassed unused sick days thanks to the blessing of good health,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen). “It’s time for Senate Democrats to pay attention to what’s best for all people by supporting measures to end these bloated checks that carry a $1 billion liability for New Jersey’s overburdened property taxpayers.”

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Cardinale Joins Bergen County Legislators in Urging Countywide Support of Light Rail Expansion Plan

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Senator Gerald Cardinale joined with a bipartisan group of Bergen County legislators this week in sending a letter to Bergen County officials urging them to support the plan to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.

The long anticipated expansion project would extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail into Bergen County with a final stop at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. The letter, signed by Cardinale and nine other legislators, was sent Tuesday to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

“It’s going to take unified support from all levels of government to see this important expansion through to completion,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Extending the rail service in Bergen County will significantly increase the use of mass transit, ease congestion on our roadways and enhance opportunities for economic growth.

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Cardinale: Pizza Offer Still on Table to Help End Federal Shut Down

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New Jersey Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) is renewing his call for Republican and Democratic Congressional leaders to break bread together to break the federal impasse. On Friday, Senator Cardinale sent pizzas in honor of National Pizza Month to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office to prompt leaders from both political parties to come together over something they have in common.

“Unfortunately, an opportunity to start negotiations on the right foot was squandered on Friday afternoon when no one answered in Harry Reid’s office to let in the pizza delivery man,” Cardinale noted.

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Cardinale Sending Pizza to Washington to Bring Both Sides Together to End the Federal Shut Down

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It’s National Pizza Month and given the love Americans share for this historic food, New Jersey Senator Gerald Cardinale is sending pizza today to Congress to encourage Republicans and Democrats to come together and solve the federal shut down.

“Americans this morning remain angry, concerned and confused as to why the world’s greatest democracy is not adequately functioning or serving them,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “My staff and I have heard from constituents asking me to do something about this shut down. Rather than just pointing out that our representatives are acting like children, I thought establishing a common bond for those in Washington could help drive a solution.”

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New Jersey Psychiatric Association Backs Cardinale Measure to Expand Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

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Senator Gerald Cardinale said today that the New Jersey Psychiatric Association’s recently released position paper supporting involuntary outpatient commitment for patients with mental illness shows the importance of taking action on legislation he’s sponsored to authorize courts in any county in New Jersey to order patients with mental illness to partake in outpatient treatment.

In its position paper the NJPA highlighted the success of involuntary outpatient commitment programs in addressing the negative and potentially dangerous consequences of untreated mental illness. The NJPA expressed support for Senator Cardinale’s S2828, stating it “supports legislation that materially strengthens the availability and effective implementation of involuntary outpatient commitment in New Jersey.”

“As the NJPA found, the nature of a mental illness often makes it difficult for a patient to recognize their own illness and ability to choose on their own to accept needed treatment,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Unfortunately, the consequences of untreated mental illness can be tragic. Those who are left to suffer without treatment face escalated risk of unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and either being a victim or perpetrator of violence.”

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