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

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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Now Law: Cardinale Bill Allowing Administrative Law Judges to Perform Marriages

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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.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale’s legislation to give Administrative Law Judges the ability to perform marriages and civil unions was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie. (©iStock)

“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.”

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Cardinale to Introduce Bill Allowing NJ Consumers to Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines

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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.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale’s legislation will allow New Jersey consumers to purchase healthcare policies offered in other states, and provide new opportunities to find affordable policies and avoid penalties imposed by the ACA. (©iStock.com)

“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.”

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Pennacchio, Cardinale, Bucco, Doherty & Oroho Condemn Democrat Resolution Praising Planned Parenthood

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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.

Sens. Cardinale, Pennacchio, Oroho, Doherty and Bucco 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.

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Cardinale Votes ‘NO’ on Gas Tax Hike

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After voting against the gas tax, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) had the following statement:

Sen. Cardinale voted against the gas tax increase. (Flickr)

“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.”

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