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.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Cardinale & Doherty Introduce Constitutional Amendment Abolishing Tenure for NJ Supreme Court Justices

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Call for Public Retention Elections for Justices to Serve Additional Terms

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) and Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) have introduced a constitutional amendment (SCR-152) that would abolish tenure for New Jersey Supreme Court justices and provide an opportunity for the public to decide via regular retention elections whether a justice may continue serving on the State’s highest court.

Sens. Gerry Cardinale and Mike Doherty have introduced a constitutional amendment that would abolish tenure for New Jersey Supreme Court justices and establish retention elections for justices to serve additional terms on the State’s highest court. (©iStock)

“Our current tenure system for New Jersey Supreme Court justices has repeatedly failed the state and its residents,” said Cardinale. “With only a single opportunity to review a justice’s record upon reappointment, we have little ability to hold members of the New Jersey Supreme Court accountable for their activism. As a result, we’ve had a long history of horrendous Supreme Court decisions that have made New Jersey the most expensive state in the country for property taxpayers.”

Doherty pointed to decisions including Robinson v. Cahill, Abbott v. Burke, and Mount Laurel I and II as examples of unelected, activist justices legislating from the bench.

“The New Jersey Supreme Court has imposed expensive affordable housing and school funding mandates that have cost property taxpayers tens of billions of dollars,” said Doherty. “It’s time that the people of New Jersey get a direct vote on the justices who have mandated the overdevelopment of our towns and locked the state into an outrageously expensive school funding ideology.”

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Now Law: Cardinale Bill to Protect People, Families From Predatory Alienation

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Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to study the malicious practice of predatory alienation is now law after it was signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Cardinale’s bill to study the malicious practice of predatory alienation was signed into law. (©iStock)

“These deceptive individuals target young people, as well as seniors, in order to isolate them from their loved ones so they can con them out of their money and dignity,” Senator Cardinale said.

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Cardinale Responds to Proposal by Chief Justice Rabner to Block ICE Agents from NJ Courthouses

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), a long-serving member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the proposal by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents from enforcing the law in New Jersey courthouses.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale expressed his concerns regarding Chief Justice Rabner’s proposal to preclude ICE agents from enforcing the law. (©iStock)

“Chief Justice Rabner’s proposal to preclude ICE agents from enforcing the law in our courthouses is wrong-headed and misses the mark. What should be obvious is that making our courts a sanctuary for illegals of any sort undermines the rule of law.

“In this case, the chief justice is not merely suggesting that witnesses that may be undocumented have sanctuary in our courthouses. He also suggests sanctuary for those who have committed serious crimes, in addition to being in this country illegally.

“Does being an illegal immigrant make one immune from our laws?

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Cardinale Condemns Threats of Violence Against Jewish Community

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In response to recent threats of violence at numerous Jewish community centers throughout the state and country, as well as the desecration of several Jewish cemeteries, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) called for an end to the hatred and bigotry directed toward religious groups.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale condemned a recent wave of violent threats against the Jewish community. (SenateNJ.com)

“As the representative of one of the largest Jewish communities in the state, these recent acts have left me sickened and heartbroken,” Senator Cardinale said. “These violent threats and displays of hatred have no place in our state or in our country.”

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Advanced: 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 was advanced by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

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 already allow many retired officers to carry firearms,” Senator Cardinale said. “This measure will give us an extra line of defense to protect the public against violence.”

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Cardinale Bill to Protect People, Families From Predatory Alienation Passes Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to study the malicious practice of predatory alienation was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Cardinale’s bill to study the malicious practice of predatory alienation was passed by a Senate panel. (©iStock)

“These deceptive individuals do whatever they can to scam people out of their hard-earned money and even inflict physical pain,” Senator Cardinale said. “They target young people, as well as seniors, in order to isolate them from their loved ones so they can con or otherwise exploit them.”

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Advanced: Cardinale 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) to shorten lines at Motor Vehicle Commission offices was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale’s bill to shorten lines at the NJ MVC was advanced by the Senate Transportation Committee. (Wikimedia)

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

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Cardinale: Long Overdue Legal Notices Legislation Will Produce Savings for Property Taxpayers

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) said that legislation (S-2855) permitting local governments to comply with legal notice publication requirements through postings on their own websites is long overdue and beneficial to property taxpayers.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale said that legislation permitting local governments to comply with legal notice publication requirements through postings on their own websites is long overdue and beneficial to property taxpayers. (SenateNJ.com)

Current law requires government agencies to pay for legal notices to be published in newspapers. Cardinale first introduced legislation that would allow for counties and municipalities to comply with notification requirements via free postings on their own websites in 2000.

“The press is reporting this legislation as some kind of retribution against the media by Governor Christie, but nothing could be farther from the truth,” said Cardinale. “I’ve been trying for more than 16 years to try to pass this bill that would save property taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. The press has been very effective at using their platform to strong-arm legislators into continuing this unnecessary and expensive corporate welfare. If any other industry received this kind of favoritism at property taxpayers’ expense, editorial page writers would be the first to call for reform.”

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Cardinale: We Need Sick Leave Reform, Now!

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) is calling for immediate action on legislation to end lucrative sick leave payouts for public employees following news that Englewood Cliffs will pay a former Deputy Police Chief more than $440,000.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale is calling for action on legislation to end lucrative unused sick leave payouts. (Flickr)

“Sick days are there to be used during an employee’s tenure. They aren’t some kind of retirement present from the taxpayers,” Senator Cardinale said. “A $440,000 check will get you a pretty nice boat, but if you want a new one you shouldn’t be buying it on the taxpayers’ dime.”

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Cardinale Applauds Governor’s Announcement of State House Renovations

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), a long-time member of the New Jersey State House Commission, applauded Governor Chris Christie’s announcement of plans to complete a long overdue renovation of the executive branch portions of the State House.

The New Jersey State House. (SenateNJ.com)

“As one of the longest serving members of the Legislature, I’ve seen a lot of changes around the State House complex,” said Cardinale. “While much has changed, including the construction of new offices for legislative staff, the Governor’s portion of the State House has only deteriorated from the already poor state it was in when I first arrived.”

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