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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Bill Mandates DUI Tests Be Given in English

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Legislation Also Requires Drivers License Tests Be Given in English Only

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the ranking Republican Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation this week that would require the Motor Vehicle Commission to conduct driver’s license examinations only in English. The bill would also require that DUI breath test warnings and explanations be given in English only.

“It is indisputable that the common language of the road in New Jersey is English.” Cardinale began. “It is only common sense that drivers licensed to operate vehicles by the State of New Jersey are able to understand the common language that regulates traffic throughout the state.”

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Senator Cardinale Furious With Supreme Court Breath Test Ruling

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) expressed his disappointment and frustration today after the State Supreme Court ruled 4-3, that police officers must use a language that individuals understand when informing them of the consequences of refusing a breath test if they are suspected of driving under the influence.

“This is a ridiculous decision that flies in the face of common-sense. I will introduce legislation that reverses this absurd ruling and I will aggressively advocate for its swift passage.

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Cardinale Introduces Bill to Allow Continuation of Shellfish Research Programs

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Reverses DEP Ban on Oyster Restoration Projects

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) has introduced legislation that requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to allow for the cultivation of commercial shellfish species in coastal and inner harbor waters for research, educational purposes or ecological restoration. The legislation was introduced in response to the recent announcement that the DEP would halt such projects in restricted shellfish waters. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo.

“The DEP imposed an ill-advised ban on research related oyster cultivation out of fear that oysters illegally poached from research sites in tainted waters could end up in the food supply,” said Cardinale. “I believe the fears expressed by the DEP are unfounded. The oysters grown in these projects are too small for human consumption and are enclosed within special immovable steel and mesh structures that remain underwater at all times. The DEP could alleviate all concerns without banning beneficial research projects by simply increasing safeguards against illegal poaching.”

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Cardinale & O’Toole: Keep the Blue Laws in Place

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Senators Gerald Cardinale and Kevin O’Toole issued the following statement regarding a proposal to invalidate Bergen County’s “Blue Laws” to raise revenue for the fiscal year 2011 budget:

“Bergen County’s ‘Blue Laws’ provide the only day of relative peace and quiet for the more than 880,000 residents of the county,” Cardinale stated. “I believe that any estimated economic gain that will be realized by the elimination of the ‘Blue Laws’ is insignificant when measured against the higher quality of life that the ‘Blue Laws’ provide.”

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Cardinale: Poritz Is Best Example of an Activist Judge

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Chief Justice Poritz’s Opinions Cost NJ Taxpayers Billions

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following comments in response to former New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah Poritz’s defense of judicial activism. Senator Cardinale is a long-time critic of judicial activism.

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Cardinale Supports Gov. Christie’s Decision to Change Supreme Court

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Governor Will Not Reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced his support for Governor Chris Christie’s decision to not reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Cardinale stated:

“I would like to express my support for Governor Christie’s efforts to reform the New Jersey Supreme Court. The people of our state elected Governor Christie to change New Jersey, and that change cannot succeed without making changes in the Supreme Court.

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Cardinale Calls for the Resignation of Bergen NJEA Boss

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, senior Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called today for the resignation of Joe Coppola, president of the Bergen County Education Association:

“President Coppola’s remarks are as Governor Christie stated, ‘beyond the pale.’ His comments are an absolute disgrace to the hard working, rank and file teachers of Bergen County and New Jersey. These types of comments have absolutely no place in the political discourse of this state.

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Cardinale Votes to Confirm Treasurer Nominee Andrew Eristoff

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he voted to confirm acting Treasurer Andrew Eristoff because of the remarkable knowledge and great character the nominee demonstrated at today’s confirmation hearing.

“This is a nominee who clearly demonstrated he understands the depth of problems faced by our state and is ready to work hard to create a government that is more efficient and competent at doing the people’s business,” Senator Cardinale said.

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Cardinale Says Pascack Valley Hospital Should Be Allowed to Create Jobs, Lower Health Costs

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, R-Bergen, said the state Health Department should stop playing politics, help consumers and boost the economy by letting Hackensack University Medical Center re-open Pascack Valley Hospital.

“The most vocal opponents of Pascack Valley are well-paid executives of hospitals that don’t want a competitor cutting into their profits,” Cardinale said. “Consumers know competition is the best way to improve quality and lower the cost of health care in their communities.”

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Cardinale Urges Halt to Demolition of Prison Until Camden Jail Overcrowding Addressed

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, R-Bergen, urged a halt to the demolition of the Riverfront State Prison, New Jersey’s most modern correctional facility, until Camden County has come up with a strategy for dealing with the severe overcrowding of its jail.

“I learned on Thursday that the Camden County has approximately 1,100 people confined in a jail designed for 400 inmates,” Senator Cardinale said. “Clearly, it is simply wrong for the advocates of demolition to argue that this prison’s cells are unneeded.”

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