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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senator Gerald Cardinale

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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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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Cardinale: Judges Must Be Treated the Same as All Other Public Employees

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Pension and Benefits Reforms Should Apply to the Judiciary

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding the refusal of prospective judges to state that they believe that recently enacted, bipartisan pension reforms apply equally to all public employees.

“I support Governor Christie’s argument that the pension reforms apply equally to all public employees, including the Judiciary. I am disturbed that three of the judges renominated for tenure did not express solidarity with the other employees of the State of New Jersey.

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Cardinale Supports Governor Christie’s Call for Constitutional Amendment

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Common-Sense Solution to Nonsensical Court Decision

Senator Gerald Cardinale, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement supporting Governor Christie’s call for a constitutional amendment to clarify that the Judiciary must pay more for their pension and health benefits:

“I support the Governor’s call for an amendment to address the recent court decision that found that the Judiciary is exempt from the higher contribution requirements in the recently passed pension and health benefits reforms.     This is fundamentally an issue of fairness, all public employees are making sacrifices, and judges should not be set apart as a special, privileged class of employee  – the Judiciary.

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Cardinale Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Anne Patterson

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Anne Patterson from the committee:

“Anne Patterson has unshakable credentials as a legal scholar with high ethical standards and a demonstrable judicial deportment. I am pleased that the full Senate confirmed her for a seat on the Supreme Court this evening.

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Cardinale Statement on Judiciary Committee’s Release of Patterson Nomination

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the release of Anne Patterson from the committee:

“Anne Patterson has unshakable credentials as a legal scholar with high ethical standards and a demonstrable judicial deportment. I am pleased that her conformation hearing has finally been held and look forward to voting for her conformation in the full Senate.”

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