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 Demands Congress Fund Positive Train Control Systems

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Resolution Passes Senate in Wake of Fed’s Decision to Exclude NJ Transit from Federal Railroad Grants

The New Jersey State Senate has passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) urging the federal government to immediately address funding for Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on New Jersey railways.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale’s resolution urges the federal government to immediately address funding for Positive Train Control technology on New Jersey railways. (SenateNJ.com)

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 announced that they will provide $200 million in grants to fund Positive Train Control at 28 different rail lines around the country.

Shockingly, NJ Transit will not receive a portion of this newly-announced funding.

“The federal government’s refusal to support our efforts to implement Positive Train Control is putting hundreds of thousands of commuters in harm’s way. It’s outrageous,” Cardinale said. “Now more than ever, State leaders must fight for our fair share of federal funding. The Feds must be held accountable for doing their part to make sure every customer who rides public transit is safe.”

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Cardinale Statement on Bergen County Sheriff Saudino

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-Bergen) issued the following statement in response to recently released audio recordings of Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino making racist comments:

Sen. Gerry Cardinale responded to recently released audio recordings of Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino making racist comments. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s disheartening that someone in such an important position within our county can have such a low view of so many of the people he serves. You can dislike policies that you think are bad, but you can’t dislike entire communities.

“Further, Sheriff Saudino’s suggestion that Attorney General Grewal was appointed by the Governor solely for the sake of appearance is beyond the pale.

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Cardinale Intros Bill to Stop Electric Companies from Cutting Critically-Ill Customers’ Power

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Bill Follows Death of NJ Woman Who Died Waiting for PSE&G to Restore Service

Following the tragic death of a New Jersey woman who died after PSE&G shut off her power, Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) has introduced legislation that would prohibit electric public utilities from discontinuing service in cases where doing so would put lives of seriously-ill consumers at risk.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale’s legislation would prohibit electric public utilities from discontinuing service in cases where doing so would put lives of seriously-ill consumers at risk. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is hard to imagine that a public utility company could be so callous, that they would put someone’s life in jeopardy, just to turn a profit,” Cardinale said. “Linda Daniels’s family pleaded with the electric company to restore her power, while she was gasping for air. My prayers are with her family. We can’t erase their pain, but we can take action to ensure this never happens to another terminally-ill customer again.”

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Cardinale Statement on the Passing of Former State Senator Henry McNamara

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Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) released the following statement on the passing of former State Senator Henry McNamara.

Senator Gerry Cardinale released the following statement on the passing of former State Senator Henry McNamara. (SenateNJ.com)

“I had the honor of serving alongside Senator Henry McNamara for more than three decades. As a colleague, Hank always led by example. He was the architect of monumental environmental legislation, and a compassionate voice for his constituents. As a friend, I got to see firsthand what a wonderful, kind man he was. I am truly grateful. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Joan, and his family during this difficult time.”

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SIGNED: Cardinale’s ‘Tommy’s Law’ in Memory of Man Killed in NJ Transit Accident

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Law Named in Honor of Man Struck by NJ Transit Train in Bergen County

Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation sponsored by Senator Gerry Cardinale to provide support to NJ Transit crash victims and their families in the wake of such tragedies.

The law honors Thomas “Tommy” Ryan, a local resident who was fatally struck by an NJ Transit train in Bergen County.

Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Tommy’s Law, legislation sponsored by Sen. Gerry Cardinale to provide support to NJ Transit crash victims and their families. (SenateNJ.com)

“I cannot imagine the pain that Tommy’s loved ones endured after he lost his life in that train crash,” Cardinale said. “What is even more heartbreaking about this tragedy is that in the midst of their grief, the Ryan family received virtually no support and experienced a total lack of communication from the state. That is unacceptable. Our state agencies must be held accountable for providing services and support to victims of public transit crashes, as well as those they leave behind.”

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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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