New Jersey's 39th Legislative District

Senator Gerald Cardinale

  • Sen. Gerry Cardinale with retired members of the FOP, PBA and RUPD who came to the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 6, 2017 to support S-1944, which allows more retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms after they retire. (Full Story)

  • 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

‘Tommy’s Law’ to Assist Victims of NJ Transit Accidents Passes Senate Committee

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Cardinale Bill Named in Memory of Man Struck by NJ Transit Train in Bergen County

The Senate Transportation Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) to establish “Tommy’s Law,’ which would require New Jersey Transit to provide a liaison for victims of NJ Transit train, light rail, and bus accidents.

Senator Cardinale’s “Tommy’s Law” provides a liaison for victims of NJ Transit accidents and their families. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Cardinale’s bill, S-862, is named for Thomas “Tommy” Ryan. In 2016, Ryan was tragically struck by an NJ Transit train at the Main Street Station in Ramey, Bergen County. “Tommy’s Law,” would designate the NJ Transit position of a liaison to provide victims and families with the support needed after an unexpected New Jersey train, light rail, or bus accident.

“Crisis counseling plays a critical role in how people cope with grief and trauma,” Cardinale said. “After the sudden loss of a family member, counseling can provide the support, stability, and resources families need to recover. We cannot erase their pain, but by passing ‘Tommy’s Law,’ we can provide families and survivors with the tools they need to navigate the aftermath of such a tragic event.”

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Cardinale: NJ Shouldn’t Allow Prisoners, Parolees, Those on Probation to Vote

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Senator Gerry Cardinale, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement opposing legislation that would allow incarcerated prisoners, as well as those on parole and probation, to vote.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale opposes legislation that would allow incarcerated prisoners, as well as those on parole and probation, to vote. (©iStock)

“People who are serving prison sentences for breaking the law are subject to a loss of certain freedoms.

“That’s part of the risk they assume when they break the law, and part of the incentive structure for people to follow the law.

“Do we really believe that murderers and rapists who are serving prison sentences should be allowed to influence elections and public policy?

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Cardinale Statement Following Sexual Assault Arrests in Bergen County

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Says Governor’s Sanctuary State Plan Would Protect Accused Rapists

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen and Passaic) said that the arrest of three sexual assault suspects in Bergen County shows the need for cooperation among local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale said that the arrest of three sexual assault suspects in Bergen County shows the need for cooperation among local and federal law enforcement agencies. (©iStock)

“A woman was gang-raped by three men Bergen County, while ‘incapacitated and physically helpless.’ This makes me sick to my stomach,” said Cardinale, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We need to do everything we can to protect and ensure justice for this helpless victim.”

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Editorial: Ensuring Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence

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The following editorial by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) on protecting victims of domestic violence was published by The Record on January 22, 2018:

As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve interviewed thousands of judges, prosecutors, and others involved in New Jersey’s criminal justice system, and heard countless hours of testimony.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale writes about why we must help women to escape from abusive relationships, ensure that abuse can be identified and reported by law enforcement, and prevent overzealous prosecutors from blaming and imprisoning victims of domestic violence. (Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve listened to citizens who have come before us to raise concerns about our legal process, and worked with other legislators, judges, attorneys, and advocates to ensure that anyone who touches our court system in any way gets a fair shake.

Despite our best efforts, many victims of domestic violence continue to face an uphill battle in getting the justice they deserve.

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Cardinale Commends Senate Confirmation of Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) praised the New Jersey Senate’s confirmation of Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s 61st Attorney General.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale praised the New Jersey Senate’s confirmation of Gurbir Grewal to be New Jersey’s 61st Attorney General. (©iStock)

Grewal, the former Bergen County Prosecutor, was approved unanimously the Senate.

Cardinale made the following remarks on the Senate floor prior to the vote:

“Gurbir is a very exceptional human being. He was appointed to be prosecutor in Bergen County. There was a lot of resistance because he was not part of the good old boys network.

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Cardinale Applauds Christie’s Pardon of Domestic Abuse Survivor

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Says Domestic Violence Survivors Are Due Justice

Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) applauded Governor Chris Christie’s pardon of Lisa Pyatt, a domestic violence survivor. Ms. Pyatt was convicted in 1993 of the murder of Kevin Patrick McGowan. Ms. Pyatt’s attorney argued self-defense due to continual domestic abuse caused by Mr. McGowan.

Governor Chris Christie pardoned Lisa Pyatt after serving 24 years of her sentence.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale applauded Gov. Chris Christie’s pardon of Lisa Pyatt, a domestic violence survivor. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s hard to judge someone for a crime they committed to escape from a cycle of domestic abuse,” stated Cardinale. “I thank Governor Christie for his understanding in this very difficult case. It is our job to bring justice for those who have experienced physical or emotional abuse, not imprison them.”

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Now Law: Cardinale/Pennacchio Bill to Shorten Lines at MVC Offices

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Expiration dates for vehicle registrations will be staggered based on an individual’s date of birth rather than all expiring at the end of the month

Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to shorten lines at Motor Vehicle Commission offices is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale and Sen. Joe Pennacchio to shorten lines at the NJ MVC was signed into law. (Wikimedia)

“It doesn’t make sense to have everyone’s registration expire at the same time,” Senator Cardinale said. “By staggering expiration dates, we can cut down on congestion and increase efficiency at MVC offices.”

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Now Law: Cardinale Bill Allowing More Retired Officers to Carry Handguns

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to expand the list of retired law enforcement officers who are eligible to receive a permit to carry a handgun is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale with retired members of the FOP, PBA and RUPD who came to the Senate Law & Public Safety Committee meeting on Feb. 6, 2017 to support S-1944, which allows more retired law enforcement officers to carry firearms after they retire. (SenateNJ.com)

“We as a state have been stepping on people’s right to protect themselves for too long,” Senator Cardinale said. “These officers have already displayed the capability of carrying a firearm in the line of duty. Once they retire, this will give them the ability to keep protecting the public from acts of violence.”

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Senate Democrats Block Cardinale’s Efforts to Provide Affordable Housing Relief

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Citing pleas from both local officials and residents who are concerned with the cost and impact of building thousands of new units of affordable housing on their little remaining open space, Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) attempted to force Senate votes yesterday on a pair of bills he sponsors that would provide temporary relief to municipalities. Both efforts were immediately blocked by the majority Senate Democrats.

Senate Democrats blocked votes on a pair of bills sponsored by Sen. Gerry Cardinale that would provide affordable housing relief to municipalities. (Pixabay)

“We’ve heard repeatedly from mayors, councilmembers, and residents that their towns cannot absorb the thousands of units that the Fair Share Housing Center has demanded they build,” said Cardinale. “It’s clear that the Legislature must regain control of a housing policy that the New Jersey Supreme Court has recklessly advanced beyond its mandate and at the expense of property taxpayers and local communities. I’m saddened that New Jersey Democrats continue to support an activist Court that wants to pave over New Jersey.”

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Passed: Cardinale/Pennacchio Bill to Shorten Lines at MVC Offices

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Expiration dates for vehicle registrations will be staggered based on an individual’s date of birth rather than all expiring at the end of the month

Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) and Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-Essex, Morris, Passaic) to shorten lines at Motor Vehicle Commission offices was passed by the New Jersey Senate.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale and Sen. Joe Pennacchio to shorten lines at the NJ MVC was passed by the Senate. (Wikimedia)

“It doesn’t make sense to have everyone’s registration expire at the same time,” Senator Cardinale said. “By staggering expiration dates, we can cut down on congestion and increase efficiency at MVC offices.”

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