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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to allow current and retired Administrative Law Judges to perform marriages and civil unions has been signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.
“Nearly every judge and local public official in New Jersey had the ability to perform marriages except for administrative law judges, until now,” Senator Cardinale said. “This law will give these professionals the same ability, as well as the ability to perform civil unions, and give New Jerseyans even more options when they want to get married.”
Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) will introduce legislation allowing New Jersey consumers to purchase healthcare plans offered in other states, helping them to avoid penalties imposed by the Affordable Care Act for failing to carry mandated coverage.
“Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted, the cost of health insurance for many New Jerseyans has become unaffordable,” said Cardinale. “Despite skyrocketing premiums and few affordable options remaining in New Jersey, many residents will be forced under the ACA to pay penalties for not purchasing coverage that they cannot afford.”
Pennacchio, Cardinale, Bucco, Doherty & Oroho Condemn Democrat Resolution Praising Planned Parenthood
Senate Republicans Gerald Cardinale, Joseph Pennacchio, Steven Oroho, Michael Doherty, and Anthony Bucco issued the following joint statement on why they voted against a ceremonial resolution commemorating Planned Parenthood’s 100th Anniversary.
“The members of this legislative body should not be bullied into collectively and unanimously supporting a ceremonial resolution that is so divisive.
“Surely, Senate Democrats knew that there were a number of staunch pro-life advocates in this house that could not in good conscience support an organization that performs abortions and illegally sells and transports human body parts, among other atrocities that violate the sanctity of human life.
After voting against the gas tax, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) had the following statement:
“Constituents have been calling my office and reaching out to me online all week, and their message is clear. They can’t afford this massive gas tax increase. Their voices were heard, I voted ‘no.’ I’ll continue working to bring down our out-of-control road construction costs and ensure their tax dollars aren’t wasted.”
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) will introduce a resolution urging Congress to expedite the process of implementing Positive Train Control on New Jersey Transit.
“Having this safety technology in place could give us the ability to prevent disasters and save lives,” Senator Cardinale said. “Last week’s crash in Hoboken showed us all just how destructive trains can be when safeguards aren’t present.”
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.
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.
Cardinale Calls for Taxpayer Protections in Wake of $2 Million Paterson Police Officer Pension Abuse Scandal
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.
“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.
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.
“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.”