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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senator Gerald Cardinale

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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Cardinale Pushes for Swifter Implementation of Positive Train Control to Improve Rail Safety

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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.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale plans on introducing a resolution urging Congress to expedite the process of implementing Positive Train Control on New Jersey Transit. (SenateNJ.com)

“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.”

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Editorial: Cardinale Calls on Dems to Pass Gov. Christie’s School Funding Plan

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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. 

Sen. Gerald Cardinale called on Democrats in the Legislature to pass Gov. Christie’s school funding reform Fairness Formula. (SenateNJ.com)

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.

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Cardinale Calls for Taxpayer Protections in Wake of $2 Million Paterson Police Officer Pension Abuse Scandal

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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.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale calls for passage of his taxpayer protections in the wake of a Paterson police officer pension abuse scandal that will cost taxpayers $2 million. (Wikimedia Commons)

“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.

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Beck, Doherty & Cardinale Reiterate Opposition to Gas Tax Increase

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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.

Sen. Jennifer Beck, Sen. Mike Doherty and Sen. Gerry Cardinale were joined by anti-tax advocates in reiterating their opposition to a billion dollar gas tax increase. (Flickr)

Click here to sign the “No Gas Tax Increase” petition.

“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.”

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Cardinale Responds to Democrats’ Attempt to Block Gov. Christie’s Gun Law Reforms

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Senator Gerarld Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) expressed his strong opposition to the Democratic proposal to block Gov. Chris Christie’s common-sense changes to New Jersey’s gun laws, calling the resolution a misguided measure that would put countless New Jerseyans at risk of serious harm.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale responded to a Democratic proposal to block Gov. Chris Christie’s gun law reforms. (©iStock)

“National statistics show that when a state chooses to become a ‘shall issue’ state, violent crime goes down,” Senator Cardinale said. “Blocking the Governor’s proposed regulations will discourage victims facing serious threats from applying for the permits they desperately need while allowing criminals to continue operating knowing that their victims won’t be able to defend themselves.”

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Cardinale to Introduce Bill Allowing Access to Carry Permits for Lawful Citizens

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) issued the following statement on carry permit legislation today:

Sen. Gerald Cardinale announced he was drafting legislation that would allow residents who pass the same background checks as judges to get carry permits. (SenateNJ.com)

The introduction of S-1982 created a public ground swell of overwhelming support for extending a similar ‘right to carry’ opportunity well beyond judges and legislators. I have introduced such proposals in the past (such as the ‘Citizens’ Protection Act.’) There was never enough critical mass of public support to move my legislative colleagues to address the issue.

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Update from Cardinale on Carry Permit Legislation

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In response to some of the concerns that arose following the announcement of legislation introduced last week to allow judges and legislators to obtain handgun carry permits, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen, Passaic) offered the following statement:

My current introduction of a very modest modification of the case law definition of ‘Justifiable Need’ has already revealed the anti-gun lobby as opposing the basic human right of self-defense. There is no realistic probability that judges or legislators will misuse guns, but opposition by Miller and other anti-gun activists to my proposal is quite revealing.

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Cardinale Bill to Allow Carry Permits for Judges & Legislators

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New Legislation would allow New Jersey judges and legislators to obtain permits to carry handguns, provided they receive firearms training

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) introduced a bill that would allow legislators, as well as judges at the superior and municipal court levels, to obtain permits to carry handguns provided they complete at least eight hours of firearm safety training.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale introduced legislation that would make it easier for judges and legislators to get handgun carry permits. (©iStock)

“Judges and legislators face a greater risk of falling victim to violent attacks, simply because of their easily identifiable position in public life,” Senator Cardinale said. “This measure will ensure that public servants have the means to protect themselves from those who might violently disagree with their viewpoints or decisions. A judge should feel safe returning home each night no matter how they ruled or what they ruled on that day.”

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Cardinale: Introduces Trio of Taxpayer-Protection & Good Govt Reforms in Response to Paterson Abuses

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In the aftermath of recently reported taxpayer abuses in Paterson, Senate Republican Gerald Cardinale introduced a trio of new taxpayer-protection and good government bills to accompany his bipartisan reform to end six-figure sick-leave payouts for public employees.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale introduced a trio of new taxpayer-protection and good government bills to accompany his efforts to end six-figure sick-leave payouts for public employees. (SenateNJ.com)

Paterson — in the midst of municipal and school budget crises — just gave its police chief a big annual salary raise to $210,631, redoing his contract with just a few weeks left, when he must retire within a year. This deal gives a package of retroactive raises, including a 12-percent pay increase dating to 2012 and four 2-percent hikes. It pads his pension and $150,000 payout for unused sick and vacation days.

“Local governments, especially those in such financial chaos should not be abusing taxpayer dollars to benefit a select few,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen). “Paterson’s backroom decision is a maltreatment of local taxpayers, as well as state taxpayers who annual send about $25 million in aid to this cash-strapped city. I hope the state Department of Community Affairs will ultimately reject this particular chief’s new contract, but the time for reform is now to preserve the public trust in every town and city.”

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