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Kean, O’Toole, Beck, Bateman, Bucco, Pennacchio, Cardinale and Kyrillos Send Letter to NYC Mayor Opposing Commuter Tax

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Republican Senators representing districts with large numbers of New York City commuters have sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing their strong opposition to any effort to restore a .45% income tax on New Jersey commuters working in New York City.

The proposal to bring back the “commuter tax”, which was abolished in 2000, has been floated by Manhattan Borough President and 2013 Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. Proceeds from the levy would be used to bail out the long-dysfunctional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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Cardinale: “Korean Community Right to be Outraged Over Kwon Rejection”

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State Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen), ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s press conference held by Korean community leaders in response to the rejection of Phillip Kwon’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

The Korean community is right to be outraged not only because Democrats on the judiciary committee rejected a member of their community, but because they rejected a nominee with impeccable credentials, unimpeachable personal integrity, and a long record of service to our state and our country.

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Cardinale: Hold Democrats Accountable for Politically Motivated Injustices

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, R-39, refuses to allow the Democrats to get away with couching Thursday’s rejection of state Supreme Court nominee Phillip Kwon as anything but a politically charged sacrifice of a venerable public servant.

“Democrats were ordered by unions and pressured by party leaders to sling hypothetical, irrelevant mud at Mr. Kwon to try to fool people into thinking there was any legitimate reason not to approve the High Court’s first Asian justice,” said Cardinale, ranking Judiciary Committee member. “In reality, the majority party is afraid their special-interest income and agenda would be jeopardized if the High Court were to swing Republican. Their sense of entitlement to control the public’s Supreme Court is a disgrace to elected office.”

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Republican Judiciary Committee Members: “Democrats’ Rejection of Kwon is Indefensible Character Assassination”

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Senate Republican Judiciary Committee Members Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Joe Kyrillos, Christopher Bateman, and Michael J. Doherty issued the following statement regarding the Committee’s rejection of Supreme Court nominee Phil Kwon:

Today, Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee rejected an exceptionally well-qualified Supreme Court nominee for no good reason whatsoever. From the moment Mr. Kwon was nominated, the Majority engaged in a campaign of intensely personal character assassination centering around issues that were completely immaterial to his fitness to serve on the court.

The Majority’s entire line of questioning and basis for rejecting his nomination centered on events that had absolutely nothing to do with Phil Kwon.

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Cardinale “Thrilled” by Christie Administration’s Move to Reopen Pascack Valley Hospital

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen), issued the following statement upon being informed by the Christie Administration that Pascack Valley Hospital will be granted a “Certificate of Need” to resume full operations as an acute care facility:

“The Governor has informed me that Hackensack University Medical Center will be granted state approval to reopen Pascack Valley Hospital, and I could not be more thrilled,” said Cardinale. “This is the right thing to do for patients, who face 20 to 30 additional minutes of transport time in the event of a medical emergency. It is the right thing to do for our region’s EMS and ambulance services, which have been strained as a result of the hospital’s closing. And it is a boost for the economy in northern Bergen County, which will benefit from the jobs generated and property taxes paid by a reopened Pascack Valley Hospital.”

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Video: Cardinale’s Remarks on Gov. Chris Christie’s FY’13 Budget Address

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The following video shows Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) talking about Governor Christie’s proposed 2013 state budget following the Governor’s budget message to a joint session of the Legislature.

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Cardinale Commends Northern Valley Regional, State for Surprise Grant

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) congratulates Northern Valley Regional High Schools for outstanding special education performance that earned the district a $100,000 surprise state award.

“Students with disabilities deserve teachers devoted to their development and successes,” Cardinale said. “I am proud that Northern Valley educators are among the finest in New Jersey and thank the state for exemplifying the best to inspire improvement and greatness in more schools.”

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Cardinale: Gay Marriage Bill Actually Is About “Marriage”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) voted Monday against legalizing gay marriage, calling for the centuries-old tradition of marriage between a man and woman to be preserved.

“Throughout human history, marriage has been a term used to describe a specific human relationship – the union of humans of different genders,” Cardinale said.

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Kean & Cardinale: “Leak of Confidential Documents is a Violation of Senate Rules, Must be Punished”

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All information or remarks concerning the character or qualifications of any person nominated by the Governor which are brought to the attention of the Judiciary Committee or other appropriate committee during its consideration of the nomination shall not be made public. (Senate Rule 20:4)

Each house shall choose its own officers, determine the rules of its proceedings, and punish its members for disorderly behavior. (New Jersey State Constitution, Article 4, Sec. 4, Par. 3)

Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) and Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the release and public discussion of documents pertaining to Supreme Court nominees Bruce Harris and Phil Kwon that are guaranteed confidentiality under Senate rules.

The Senators have sent a letter requesting an investigation and corrective action, including disciplinary proceedings for any Senator involved, to Senate President Stephen Sweeney:

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Bill to Protect Bergen Taxpayers from Floods Signed Into Law

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) announced today that Governor Christie has signed the “Rockland-Bergen Watershed Flood Prevention and Protection Act” into law. The bill is designed to create a cooperative commission to regulate the flow of overflow during rainstorms and snow melt.

“Governor Christie demonstrated extraordinary leadership last summer during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” Cardinale began. “In the aftermath of these twin events it became apparent that bi-state cooperation was desperately needed to better control flood waters.”

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