New Jersey's 39th Legislative District

Senator Gerald Cardinale

  • 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. (Full Story)

  • 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

Cardinale Supports Allowing Self-Serve Gas During COVID-19 Crisis

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Says Drivers Should Have Choice to Social Distance While Fueling Up

Senator Gerald Cardinale expressed support for allowing New Jerseyans to pump their own gas during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale expressed support for allowing New Jerseyans to pump their own gas during the COVID-19 public health emergency. (©iStock)

“It’s amazing that we continue to force New Jerseyans to violate social distancing guidelines at the gas pumps,” said Cardinale. “From a public health perspective, limiting unnecessary personal interaction at gas pumps would protect both workers and customers from unnecessary risk while the coronavirus is still spreading. If a station has four pumps, including one with an attendant, drivers should have a choice to select where they fill up based on their personal preference for maintaining convenience or limiting face-to-face interactions during the pandemic.”

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Cardinale Offers Condolences to Kean Family

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) offered his sincere condolences to the Kean family on the passing of former New Jersey first lady Deborah Bye Kean:

Sen. Gerald Cardinale offered his sincere condolences to the Kean family on the passing of former New Jersey first lady Deborah Bye Kean. (SenateNJ.com)

“I am beyond saddened to learn of the passing of Debby Kean. I’ve had the honor of working closely with the Kean family for the past four decades, first with Governor Tom Kean and now with our caucus leader Senator Tom Kean, Jr. During that time, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Debby many times and watching her efforts to support her beloved family and numerous causes that were close to her heart. She and her family will be in my prayers.”

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SIGNED INTO LAW: Cardinale/Beach/Kean Bill Clarifying Remote Education Policies During Emergency School Closures

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New Law Requires Virtual or Remote Instruction Days to Count Towards 180-Day School Requirement During Certain Emergencies

Bipartisan legislation (S-2337) sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), Senator Jim Beach (D-6) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) that explicitly authorizes school districts to continue educating students remotely in emergency situations that require school facilities to be closed for more than three days has been signed into law.

Legislation by Sen. Gerry Cardinale, Sen. Jim Beach and Sen. Tom Kean allowing school districts to educate students remotely during certain emergency situations has been signed into law. (Pixabay)

“In a time of extended crisis, such as the current pandemic, it’s important that school districts have the flexibility to continue educating students when classrooms cannot be used,” said Senator Cardinale. “This new law makes clear that school districts, students, and taxpayers will not be punished with a loss of State school aid for emergent situations like COVID-19 when remote instruction must be used in place of classroom education.”

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Senate Advances Cardinale/Beach/Kean Bill Clarifying Remote Education Policies During Emergency School Closures

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Legislation Requires Virtual or Remote Instruction Days to Count Towards 180-Day School Requirement During Certain Emergencies

The New Jersey Senate has approved bipartisan legislation (S-2337) sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), Senator Jim Beach (D-6) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) that explicitly authorizes school districts to continue educating students remotely in emergency situations that require school facilities to be closed for more than three days.

The N.J. Senate has approved legislation by Sen. Gerry Cardinale, Sen. Jim Beach and Sen. Tom Kean allowing school districts to educate students remotely during certain emergency situations. (Pixabay)

“In a time of extended crisis, such as the current pandemic, it’s important that school districts have the flexibility to continue educating students when classrooms cannot be used,” said Senator Cardinale. “This legislation makes clear that school districts, students, and taxpayers will not be punished with a loss of State school aid for emergent situations like COVID-19 when remote instruction must be used in place of classroom education.”

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Cardinale/Beach/Kean Introduce Bill to Allow Remote Education During Emergency School Closures

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With Growing Coronavirus Concerns, Legislation Allows Virtual or Remote Instruction to Count Towards 180-Day School Requirement During Certain Emergencies

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39), Senator Jim Beach (D-6) and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21) would allow school districts to continue educating students remotely in emergency situations that require school facilities to be closed for more than three days.

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Sen. Gerry Cardinale, Sen. Jim Beach and Sen. Tom Kean would allow school districts to continue educating students remotely in emergency situations that require school facilities to be closed for more than three days. (Pixabay)

“Given current concerns about the coronavirus and extended school closures that have occurred in other places around the world, it makes sense for New Jersey to update our plans to ensure that education can continue in the event of a disruption to the regular school schedule,” said Senator Cardinale (R-Bergen/Passaic). “Many of our schools have some level of ability to offer remote learning, which many utilize during the occasional snow day. What we don’t have, however, is a clear authorization for e-learning days to count towards the 180-day school requirement. It’s something we must address proactively before it becomes a necessity.”

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Democrats Rule Cardinale “Out of Order” for Attempting to Condemn All Racist and Discriminatory Comments Directed at Elected Officials

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After Rejecting Cardinale’s Proposal to Increase Civility in Nation’s Political Discourse, Democrats Adopt Partisan Attack on President

An effort by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) to address the incivility at all levels of American politics was ruled “out of order” by the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

After ruling an effort by Sen. Gerry Cardinale to increase civility in politics “out of order,” Democrats on the Judiciary Committee adopted a partisan attack on the President of the United States. (SenateNJ.com)

“How is it ‘out of order’ to suggest that the New Jersey Senate as an institution should not be selective in its outrage at the growing incivility that has pervaded our nation’s political discourse?” asked Cardinale. “Through their actions today, New Jersey Democrats have shown that they don’t care about condemning racist and discriminatory comments unless it serves a partisan political purpose.”

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Cardinale Sends Letter to Gov & Legislative Leaders on Marijuana and Social Justice

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39), the ranking Republican on the State Senate Judiciary Committee, sent the following letter to Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, and Assembly Speaker Coughlin highlighting concerns regarding social justice and pending legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale sends a letter to Gov. Murphy and legislative leaders highlighting concerns regarding social justice and pending legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use. (Pixabay)

Click here to view a pdf of the letter. The full text of the letter also appears below.

Dear Sirs,

As a follow up to Senator Rice’s letter on April 3, 2019, please allow me to associate myself with his remarks, but I would like to add a few thoughts. Social justice is frequently cited in support of legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington and California. Legalization has, if anything, led to a greater proportion of minority incarcerations.

It should raise concern that if New Jersey goes down the same path, we will have a similar result. If we are serious about eliminating racial bias from our Justice System we must get at the source. Some say it’s biased Prosecutors, other blame biased Judges. The Governor and Senate control who become Prosecutors and Judges, so if we tighten up our evaluation of those being considered, we have it in our purview to remedy the problem.

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Cardinale: Recent Pro-Marijuana Editorials are Rife with Inaccuracies

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, (R-39) the ranking Republican on the State Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following response to two pro-marijuana editorials published this week on NJ.com and NorthJersey.com:

Sen. Gerald Cardinale said that two pro-marijuana editorials published on NJ.com and NorthJersey.com are rife with inaccuracies. (©iStock)

“It is incredibly disappointing that two of the most widely-read news sources in our state are spouting misinformation, and going out of their way to hide data that clearly illustrates the grave consequences of legalizing marijuana for recreational use,” Senator Gerald Cardinale said.

“A March 20 editorial on NorthJersey.com notes that the experience of legalization has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’ in other states. We know this is not true.

“In Colorado, marijuana-related motor vehicle fatalities skyrocketed following legalization. It would be even worse in New Jersey, because of our population density and high traffic levels. Our State Association of Chiefs of Police opposes legalization because they simply don’t have the resources, technology, or personnel to combat a drastic increase in drugged driving.

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Cardinale Statement on Marijuana

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) issued the following statement regarding his opposition to marijuana legalization:

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) issued the following statement regarding marijuana. Sen. Gerald Cardinale’s statement on his opposition to marijuana legalization. (Pixabay)

“In Colorado and Washington State pre-legalization, there were a number of marijuana related traffic fatalities. Post-legalization there was an immediate spike in marijuana related traffic fatalities. It is now a 100% increase per year.

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Cardinale Speaks Out Against Legal Marijuana Deal

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Ranking Republican on Senate Judiciary Committee says deal is a “shameful abdication of our duty to protect public health and safety”

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) released the following statement in response to news that Governor Phil Murphy and Legislative leaders have reached a deal on legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Following news of a deal on legislation, Sen. Gerald Cardinale said legalizing marijuana for recreational use would be a shameful abdication of the government’s duty to protect public health and safety. (Pixabay)

Senator Cardinale has been one of the Legislature’s most vocal opponents of the bill. In November, he testified before the Budget Committee in opposition to the legislation. He also released an expansive data book containing peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate the dangers of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

“The principle duty of government is to safeguard public health and safety. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use is a shameful abdication of that responsibility,” Senator Cardinale said. “In November, New Jersey’s law enforcement community testified that we don’t have the funds, personnel, or technology to identify drugged drivers. There is no breathalyzer for marijuana.

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