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

Statement on Violence in Nation’s Capital from District 39 Lawmakers

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi released the following joint statement regarding the violence in Washington on Wednesday:

Joint statement from Sen. Gerald Cardinale, Asm. Robert Auth, and Asw. Holly Schepisi on the violence seen in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

“America was built upon both the right of our citizens to peacefully protest and the need for the democratic process to peacefully unfold. The violence seen in Washington, D.C., earlier this week violated both of these pillars of America. What happened was wrong and should never happen in a society committed to preserving law and order. Those who committed violent and illegal acts must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

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Bucco & Cardinale Question Horizon Restructuring Legislation During Commerce Committee

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Senator Anthony M. Bucco and Senator Gerry Cardinale expressed serious concerns during today’s meeting of the Senate Commerce Committee that legislation (S-3218) to restructure Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey could pose a risk for ratepayers and be inequitable for policyholders and property taxpayers.

Sen. Tony Bucco and Sen. Gerry Cardinale expressed concerns during a meeting of the Senate Commerce Committee that legislation to restructure Horizon could pose a risk for ratepayers and be inequitable for policyholders and property taxpayers. (Pixabay)

“I have serious concerns that any failures in the for-profit operations that would be allowed by this legislation would impact Horizon’s ability to meet its core non-profit mission of serving ratepayers who would be stuck with the tab for any losses,” said Bucco (R-25). “I’m also concerned that there are no restrictions on how the State could spend the initial $600 million payment from Horizon or the smaller payments in future years. That money will end up going into the State’s General Fund and it will disappear with nothing to show for it.”

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Senator Steve Oroho

Republican Senators Express Concerns for Taxpayers & Ratepayers in Letter to Murphy on Horizon Legislation

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Senators Anthony Bucco (R-25) and Gerry Cardinale (R-39), members of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Senate Republican Budget Officer Steven Oroho (R-24) sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy today (click here for PDF) expressing concerns for taxpayers and ratepayers and seeking information related to legislation that would restructure Horizon Blue Cross Shield of New Jersey, the largest health insurer in the state.

Republican senators sent a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy today expressing concerns for taxpayers and ratepayers and seeking information related to legislation that would restructure Horizon Blue Cross Shield of New Jersey, the largest health insurer in the state. (SenateNJ.com)

The full text of the letter is below:

Dear Governor Murphy,

We are writing you to express our fundamental concerns with, and many questions about, legislation that, among other provisions, will quickly drain $600 million in reserves from the state’s largest health insurer to prop up the State’s upcoming election year budget. This legislation will have significant impacts on the care provided to, and premiums charged on behalf of, millions of New Jersey citizens that receive health benefits through local governments, small businesses, and other employers struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been reported that your office has been intricately involved in drafting the legislation and amendments reportedly being advanced next week. Therefore, it is imperative that your administration respond to our concerns and address the questions that pertain to how your administration will implement the bill, prior to scheduled committee votes Monday and Tuesday — despite no legislators having seen the final version of what will be considered.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Panel Approves Doherty & Cardinale Firefighter Legislation

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Loosens Age Restrictions for Entering Fire Service

Firefighters could begin their time with the fire service at a later age under legislation advanced today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee and sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty and Senator Gerald Cardinale.

Sen. Mike Doherty and Sen. Gerald Cardinale sponsor legislation that would allow firefighters to begin their time with the fire service at a later age. (Pixabay)

The legislation, S-1634, would raise the maximum eligibility age for exempt fireman certificates and membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association (NJSFA).

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Cardinale Measure Removing Barriers to Employment Passes Senate

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Senator Gerald Cardinale’s legislation to help break down barriers to employment has passed the New Jersey Senate.

Senator Gerald Cardinale’s legislation to help break down barriers to employment has passed the New Jersey Senate. (SenateNJ.com)

“A mistake should not make or break an individual’s job prospects for the rest of their working life,” said Cardinale (R-39). “Opening the door to those who otherwise wouldn’t have a job in their preferred field is a transformative opportunity. Ensuring more New Jerseyans have access to meaningful employment and stable income will help many lead a more purposeful life and strengthen our workforce overall.”

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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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Senator Tom Kean

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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Senator Tom Kean

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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