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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senate Approves Cardinale’s ‘Commission on College Tuition’ to Address NJ’s 3rd-Highest Tuition

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The full Senate approved Thursday Senator Gerald Cardinale’s “Commission on College Tuition,” which will address the rising costs of higher education in New Jersey.

“Wednesday, we learned rising tuition at New Jersey’s public colleges and universities average the third-highest in the nation,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Since the early 1980s, the cost of college has increased by a rate more than double the increase of median family income. The average graduate of a four-year New Jersey public or private institution leaves with $23,792 in debt.”

“What’s worse is most students and families incur these harrowing burdens without knowing what actually comprises ever-growing expenses and why certain schools’ tuitions and fees cost more than others,” Cardinale added.

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Committee Passes Cardinale Measure to Permit Sharing Fire Equipment

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced today a bill sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to allow local units to enter into joint agreements to purchase fire equipment.

“You would think this efficiency and public safety measure would already be in place,” Cardinale said. “Towns and schools can ink shared service agreements on everything from recycling to the purchase of office supplies. It makes the most sense to allow local entities to share in the purchase of critical and highly expensive fire equipment, such as trucks which can cost around $500,000 each.”

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Cardinale, O’Toole, Bateman & Beck Speak Out on Harris Rejection

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Senators Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Christopher “Kip” Bateman, and Jennifer Beck, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued this joint statement following the committee’s rejection of Bruce Harris to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

Once again, the committee’s majority has applied unsound arguments and unreasonable standards to the confirmation process to mask partisan, ideological motives for rejecting a well-qualified nominee.

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Cardinale Submits Legislation to Save Bergen Taxpayers Millions on Policing

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, R-Bergen, Passaic, submitted legislation today to consolidate the Bergen County Police Department into the county Sheriff’s Office.

“According to Sheriff Saudino this move saves taxpayers $17 million at the end of three years,” Cardinale said. “New Jerseyans should no longer be forced to pay for duplicative services.”

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Kean, O’Toole, Beck, Bateman, Bucco, Pennacchio, Cardinale and Kyrillos Send Letter to NYC Mayor Opposing Commuter Tax

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Republican Senators representing districts with large numbers of New York City commuters have sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressing their strong opposition to any effort to restore a .45% income tax on New Jersey commuters working in New York City.

The proposal to bring back the “commuter tax”, which was abolished in 2000, has been floated by Manhattan Borough President and 2013 Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer. Proceeds from the levy would be used to bail out the long-dysfunctional Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).

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Cardinale: “Korean Community Right to be Outraged Over Kwon Rejection”

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State Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen), ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s press conference held by Korean community leaders in response to the rejection of Phillip Kwon’s nomination to the New Jersey Supreme Court:

The Korean community is right to be outraged not only because Democrats on the judiciary committee rejected a member of their community, but because they rejected a nominee with impeccable credentials, unimpeachable personal integrity, and a long record of service to our state and our country.

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Cardinale: Hold Democrats Accountable for Politically Motivated Injustices

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, R-39, refuses to allow the Democrats to get away with couching Thursday’s rejection of state Supreme Court nominee Phillip Kwon as anything but a politically charged sacrifice of a venerable public servant.

“Democrats were ordered by unions and pressured by party leaders to sling hypothetical, irrelevant mud at Mr. Kwon to try to fool people into thinking there was any legitimate reason not to approve the High Court’s first Asian justice,” said Cardinale, ranking Judiciary Committee member. “In reality, the majority party is afraid their special-interest income and agenda would be jeopardized if the High Court were to swing Republican. Their sense of entitlement to control the public’s Supreme Court is a disgrace to elected office.”

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Republican Judiciary Committee Members: “Democrats’ Rejection of Kwon is Indefensible Character Assassination”

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Senate Republican Judiciary Committee Members Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Joe Kyrillos, Christopher Bateman, and Michael J. Doherty issued the following statement regarding the Committee’s rejection of Supreme Court nominee Phil Kwon:

Today, Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee rejected an exceptionally well-qualified Supreme Court nominee for no good reason whatsoever. From the moment Mr. Kwon was nominated, the Majority engaged in a campaign of intensely personal character assassination centering around issues that were completely immaterial to his fitness to serve on the court.

The Majority’s entire line of questioning and basis for rejecting his nomination centered on events that had absolutely nothing to do with Phil Kwon.

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Cardinale “Thrilled” by Christie Administration’s Move to Reopen Pascack Valley Hospital

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R- Bergen), issued the following statement upon being informed by the Christie Administration that Pascack Valley Hospital will be granted a “Certificate of Need” to resume full operations as an acute care facility:

“The Governor has informed me that Hackensack University Medical Center will be granted state approval to reopen Pascack Valley Hospital, and I could not be more thrilled,” said Cardinale. “This is the right thing to do for patients, who face 20 to 30 additional minutes of transport time in the event of a medical emergency. It is the right thing to do for our region’s EMS and ambulance services, which have been strained as a result of the hospital’s closing. And it is a boost for the economy in northern Bergen County, which will benefit from the jobs generated and property taxes paid by a reopened Pascack Valley Hospital.”

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Video: Cardinale’s Remarks on Gov. Chris Christie’s FY’13 Budget Address

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The following video shows Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) talking about Governor Christie’s proposed 2013 state budget following the Governor’s budget message to a joint session of the Legislature.

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