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 Announces Bill to Establish a Permanent NJ Office of International Trade

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In light of Governor Phil Murphy’s designation of the Office of International Trade and Investment, Senator Gerry Cardinale announced his plans to reintroduce legislation he has long-sponsored that would codify this program, by establishing a permanent global trade division within the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJ EDA.)

Sen. Gerry Cardinale announced his plans to reintroduce legislation that would establish a permanent Office of International Trade. (CommonsWikimedia)

Senator Cardinale noted his bill would improve upon the steps Governor Murphy took last week to create a new Office of International Trade and Investment. Sen. Cardinale’s legislation is essential to ensuring that this new office continues to operate during future gubernatorial administrations as well.

“Small Businesses owners who are looking to expand abroad often do not have the legal resources to navigate foreign trade laws,” Cardinale (R-39) said. “By fostering partnerships between local mom-and-pop stores and international advocates, we can promote ‘Jersey Made’ products around the world. The future of our state’s economy depends on a permanent Office of International Trade, right here in Garden State.”

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District 39 Legislators Announce $1.3 Million in Grants for Local Bridge Reconstruction Projects

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Senator Gerry Cardinale and Assemblyman Robert Auth (both R-39) announced that Montvale Borough and Mahwah Township will receive $1.3 million in “Local Bridge, Future Needs” grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) to undertake bridge reconstruction projects in the two municipalities.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale and Asm. Robert Auth announced that Montvale and Mahwah will receive $1.3 million in grants to undertake bridge reconstruction projects. (Wikimedia Commons)

“New Jersey must continue to make sound investments in our transportation infrastructure,” Sen. Gerry Cardinale said. “Families and commuters rely heavily on well-maintained bridges. Bridges and roads in Mahwah and Montvale, for example, are in desperate need of repairs. I am relieved to see that these communities will receive $1.3 million in grants, so that they can complete construction without burdening taxpayers.”

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Tommy’s Law’ to Assist Victims of NJ Transit Accidents Passes

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Cardinale Bill Named in Memory of Man Struck by NJ Transit Train in Bergen County

The New Jersey Senate has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) to establish “Tommy’s Law,’ which would require New Jersey Transit to provide a liaison for victims of NJ Transit train, light rail, and bus accidents.

Senator Cardinale’s “Tommy’s Law” provides a liaison for victims of NJ Transit accidents and their families. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Cardinale’s bill, S-862, is named for Thomas “Tommy” Ryan. In 2016, Ryan was tragically struck by an NJ Transit train at the Main Street Station in Ramey, Bergen County. “Tommy’s Law,” would designate the NJ Transit position of a liaison to provide victims and families with the support needed after an unexpected New Jersey train, light rail, or bus accident.

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Advanced: Cardinale Bill Calling for Congressional Assistance in Funding Positive Train Control Systems

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The Senate Transportation Committee passed legislation sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) which encourages the federal government to assist with implementing Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on New Jersey railways.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale’s legislation encourages the federal government to assist with implementing PTC technology on New Jersey railways.  (SenateNJ.com)

“By repeatedly underfunding large scale train safety projects, Congress is placing the lives of New Jerseyans at risk,” Cardinale said. “With technological advances that remove human error, such as positive train control, we are able to safeguard passengers and our communities from future train derailments and crashes.”

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Cardinale’s Floor Speech on Unintended Consequences of Out-of-Network Bill

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) delivered the following remarks on April 12, 2018, regarding S-485/A-2039, the Out-of-network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act:

Sen. Gerry Cardinale delivered remarks on the unintended consequences of the out-of-network bill. (©iStock.com)

“My compliments to the sponsor for recognizing the problem of out surprise changes that affect too many folks who come into contact with the maze of circumstances surrounding modern day health care.

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Cardinale’s Floor Speech on The ‘New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act’

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) delivered the following remarks on April 12, 2018, regarding S-2144, the New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act:

Senator Gerry Cardinale delivered remarks on April 12, 2018, regarding the New Jersey Insurance Fair Conduct Act. (SenateNJ.com)

“Extortion is illegal except if lawyers can arrange for it to be legislatively sanctioned.

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‘Tommy’s Law’ to Assist Victims of NJ Transit Accidents Passes Senate Committee

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Cardinale Bill Named in Memory of Man Struck by NJ Transit Train in Bergen County

The Senate Transportation Committee has passed legislation sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) to establish “Tommy’s Law,’ which would require New Jersey Transit to provide a liaison for victims of NJ Transit train, light rail, and bus accidents.

Senator Cardinale’s “Tommy’s Law” provides a liaison for victims of NJ Transit accidents and their families. (SenateNJ.com)

Senator Cardinale’s bill, S-862, is named for Thomas “Tommy” Ryan. In 2016, Ryan was tragically struck by an NJ Transit train at the Main Street Station in Ramey, Bergen County. “Tommy’s Law,” would designate the NJ Transit position of a liaison to provide victims and families with the support needed after an unexpected New Jersey train, light rail, or bus accident.

“Crisis counseling plays a critical role in how people cope with grief and trauma,” Cardinale said. “After the sudden loss of a family member, counseling can provide the support, stability, and resources families need to recover. We cannot erase their pain, but by passing ‘Tommy’s Law,’ we can provide families and survivors with the tools they need to navigate the aftermath of such a tragic event.”

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Cardinale: NJ Shouldn’t Allow Prisoners, Parolees, Those on Probation to Vote

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Senator Gerry Cardinale, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement opposing legislation that would allow incarcerated prisoners, as well as those on parole and probation, to vote.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale opposes legislation that would allow incarcerated prisoners, as well as those on parole and probation, to vote. (©iStock)

“People who are serving prison sentences for breaking the law are subject to a loss of certain freedoms.

“That’s part of the risk they assume when they break the law, and part of the incentive structure for people to follow the law.

“Do we really believe that murderers and rapists who are serving prison sentences should be allowed to influence elections and public policy?

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Cardinale Statement Following Sexual Assault Arrests in Bergen County

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Says Governor’s Sanctuary State Plan Would Protect Accused Rapists

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen and Passaic) said that the arrest of three sexual assault suspects in Bergen County shows the need for cooperation among local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale said that the arrest of three sexual assault suspects in Bergen County shows the need for cooperation among local and federal law enforcement agencies. (©iStock)

“A woman was gang-raped by three men Bergen County, while ‘incapacitated and physically helpless.’ This makes me sick to my stomach,” said Cardinale, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We need to do everything we can to protect and ensure justice for this helpless victim.”

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Editorial: Ensuring Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence

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The following editorial by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) on protecting victims of domestic violence was published by The Record on January 22, 2018:

As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’ve interviewed thousands of judges, prosecutors, and others involved in New Jersey’s criminal justice system, and heard countless hours of testimony.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale writes about why we must help women to escape from abusive relationships, ensure that abuse can be identified and reported by law enforcement, and prevent overzealous prosecutors from blaming and imprisoning victims of domestic violence. (Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve listened to citizens who have come before us to raise concerns about our legal process, and worked with other legislators, judges, attorneys, and advocates to ensure that anyone who touches our court system in any way gets a fair shake.

Despite our best efforts, many victims of domestic violence continue to face an uphill battle in getting the justice they deserve.

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