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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senator Gerald Cardinale

Kyrillos/Cardinale Bill to Reform Estate Tax Will Create Jobs, Keep Taxpayers in State

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Bill Would Give Incentives to Entrepreneurs to Create Jobs, Stop Revenue Loss to Other States

Senators Joe Kyrillos (R-13) and Gerald Cardinale (R-39) introduced legislation earlier this month that would make New Jersey more competitive for small businesses and hospitable to retirees.

The bill, S-2778, would increase the filing limit for the estate tax to $1 million. Currently, returns for the estate tax must be filed if the estate is in excess of $675,000.

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Cardinale: Trenton Democrats’ Attitude on Privatization Is Anti-Taxpayer and Anti-Job-Creation

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, the senior Republican member of the Senate Commerce Committee, issued the following statement regarding the Trenton Democrats attitude towards the potential privatization of certain state services:

“I am very disturbed by the attitude exhibited by my colleagues across the aisle on the issue of privatization. When properly done, privatizing certain services can streamline and enhance the delivery of services, while lowering the cost to consumers. The services would be delivered more efficiently at a great benefit to the taxpayer while creating sustainable private sector jobs. This will improve the business climate in New Jersey turning the clock back on initiative like SCR-150 that will hurt job creation.

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Statement on the Confirmation Hearing for Ron Gravino

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Senators Gerald Cardinale, Kevin O’Toole, Kip Bateman, Jennifer Beck, and Joe Kyrillos, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding today’s confirmation hearing for Ron Gravino, nominated by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority:

“Ron Gravino is an exceptionally qualified nominee for the Turnpike Authority who possesses both the experience in transportation policy and strong moral character the agency needs. He previously served for six years on the New Jersey Highway Authority, the Turnpike Authority’s predecessor. His nomination should pass the Senate overwhelmingly if our Democrat colleagues consider merit and merit alone.

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Bill Protecting Families Recover from School Violence Clears Senate

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Exempts Donated Money From State Taxes

Legislation sponsored by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) that would exempt families, who are victims of school violence, from paying state taxes on money received from a memorial fund or other charitable cause was unanimously passed by the Senate yesterday.

“This money was raised by individuals and given to families to assist them in their time of need, ” Cardinale said. “The state should not turn around and add to their hardship by taxing these funds.”

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Cardinale Bill Mandates DUI Tests Be Given in English

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Legislation Also Requires Drivers License Tests Be Given in English Only

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the ranking Republican Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced legislation this week that would require the Motor Vehicle Commission to conduct driver’s license examinations only in English. The bill would also require that DUI breath test warnings and explanations be given in English only.

“It is indisputable that the common language of the road in New Jersey is English.” Cardinale began. “It is only common sense that drivers licensed to operate vehicles by the State of New Jersey are able to understand the common language that regulates traffic throughout the state.”

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Senator Cardinale Furious With Supreme Court Breath Test Ruling

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen) expressed his disappointment and frustration today after the State Supreme Court ruled 4-3, that police officers must use a language that individuals understand when informing them of the consequences of refusing a breath test if they are suspected of driving under the influence.

“This is a ridiculous decision that flies in the face of common-sense. I will introduce legislation that reverses this absurd ruling and I will aggressively advocate for its swift passage.

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Cardinale Introduces Bill to Allow Continuation of Shellfish Research Programs

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Reverses DEP Ban on Oyster Restoration Projects

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) has introduced legislation that requires the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to allow for the cultivation of commercial shellfish species in coastal and inner harbor waters for research, educational purposes or ecological restoration. The legislation was introduced in response to the recent announcement that the DEP would halt such projects in restricted shellfish waters. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senator Paul Sarlo.

“The DEP imposed an ill-advised ban on research related oyster cultivation out of fear that oysters illegally poached from research sites in tainted waters could end up in the food supply,” said Cardinale. “I believe the fears expressed by the DEP are unfounded. The oysters grown in these projects are too small for human consumption and are enclosed within special immovable steel and mesh structures that remain underwater at all times. The DEP could alleviate all concerns without banning beneficial research projects by simply increasing safeguards against illegal poaching.”

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Cardinale & O’Toole: Keep the Blue Laws in Place

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Senators Gerald Cardinale and Kevin O’Toole issued the following statement regarding a proposal to invalidate Bergen County’s “Blue Laws” to raise revenue for the fiscal year 2011 budget:

“Bergen County’s ‘Blue Laws’ provide the only day of relative peace and quiet for the more than 880,000 residents of the county,” Cardinale stated. “I believe that any estimated economic gain that will be realized by the elimination of the ‘Blue Laws’ is insignificant when measured against the higher quality of life that the ‘Blue Laws’ provide.”

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Cardinale: Poritz Is Best Example of an Activist Judge

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Chief Justice Poritz’s Opinions Cost NJ Taxpayers Billions

Senator Gerald Cardinale, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following comments in response to former New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Deborah Poritz’s defense of judicial activism. Senator Cardinale is a long-time critic of judicial activism.

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Cardinale Supports Gov. Christie’s Decision to Change Supreme Court

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Governor Will Not Reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39), the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced his support for Governor Chris Christie’s decision to not reappoint Associate Justice John Wallace to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Cardinale stated:

“I would like to express my support for Governor Christie’s efforts to reform the New Jersey Supreme Court. The people of our state elected Governor Christie to change New Jersey, and that change cannot succeed without making changes in the Supreme Court.

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