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.
“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?
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.”
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.”