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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Speaks Out Against Legal Marijuana Deal

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Ranking Republican on Senate Judiciary Committee says deal is a “shameful abdication of our duty to protect public health and safety”

Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) released the following statement in response to news that Governor Phil Murphy and Legislative leaders have reached a deal on legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Following news of a deal on legislation, Sen. Gerald Cardinale said legalizing marijuana for recreational use would be a shameful abdication of the government’s duty to protect public health and safety. (Pixabay)

Senator Cardinale has been one of the Legislature’s most vocal opponents of the bill. In November, he testified before the Budget Committee in opposition to the legislation. He also released an expansive data book containing peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate the dangers of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

“The principle duty of government is to safeguard public health and safety. Legalizing marijuana for recreational use is a shameful abdication of that responsibility,” Senator Cardinale said. “In November, New Jersey’s law enforcement community testified that we don’t have the funds, personnel, or technology to identify drugged drivers. There is no breathalyzer for marijuana.

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Cardinale Statement on Bill to Remove Statute of Limitations for Sexual Assault Civil Actions

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) made the following remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the consideration of S-477, legislation that would remove the statute of limitations in certain civil actions for sexual abuse:

Sen. Gerald Cardinale’s remarks to the Senate Judiciary Commitee on S-477, legislation that would remove the statute of limitations in certain civil actions for sexual abuse. (©iStock)

“We have come a long way since 1983, when Lisa Hodge was not permitted to tell this Committee how our court system failed her. She was raped by her stepfather repeatedly starting at the age of 10. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to about 60 or so days in jail. That sentence was upheld on appeal.

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Editorial: Don’t Ignore the Data. Legislators Who Care About Public Safety Must Vote ‘No’ on Marijuana

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The following editorial by Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) urging opposition to legislation to legalize marijuana was published on Dec. 4, 2018, on NorthJersey.com.

To view the data book on marijuana Senator Cardinale submitted to the officials, legislative staffers, and the media, click here

Sen. Gerald Cardinale’s editorial urging opposition to legislation to legalize marijuana in New Jersey was published on Dec. 4, 2018 on NorthJersey.com. (Pixabay)

At the Nov. 26 committee hearing in Trenton on legalizing marijuana, passion ruled the day. Logic was on vacation. We saw:

Passion … for marijuana tax revenue.

Passion … for power, as most “cannabusinesses” will need a labor union agreement as a condition of licensure.

Passion … for the political contributions that will flow from the extremely-profitable marijuana lobbying industry.

All of this passion made it astonishingly easy for legislators to brush aside our sacred duty to protect the public’s safety and health. Here’s why they must.

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Cardinale Testifies in Support of Wanaque Outbreak Victims, Calls for Legislation at Senate Committee Hearing

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Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) today testified at the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Hearing addressing the deadly viral outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a facility with his legislative district.

During the hearing, Senator Cardinale called for action on his recently-introduced legislation to require cohorting at pediatric care facilities Statewide, to prevent the spread of infection among medically-fragile patients.

Below are his remarks to the committee, as prepared for delivery.

Thank you, Chairman Vitale, for allowing me to testify here today.

The heartbreaking tragedy at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a facility within my district, has shaken us to the core.

I echo the outrage we continue to hear from the families who lost children in this outbreak, as well as the concerns vocalized by the many others who have loved ones who are currently receiving care at a state facility.

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MEMO on Legalizing Marijuana: Cardinale Addresses Officials, Staff & NJ Press in Advance of Committee Vote

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In advance of  committee hearings on legislation that would legalize marijuana in New Jersey, Senator Gerald Cardinale (R-39) electronically distributed the following letter and data to his fellow legislators in the State Senate and Assembly, legislative committee aides, the Governor’s Office, and the media.

Senator Cardinale also plans to testify in opposition to the legislation (S-2703) at the Senate Budget Committee hearing. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, November 26, 2018, in Committee Room 4 in the Statehouse Annex. An audio livestream of the hearing can be accessed here.

Sen. Gerald Cardinale electronically distributed the following letter and data on marijuana legalization to officials, staff, and the media in advance of the Nov. 26 committee hearings on the legislation. (Pixabay)

The full text of the letter, including links to the data, is included below.

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Cardinale Legislation to Require Pediatric Cohorting Plans in Response to Wanaque Virus Deaths

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In response to a severe viral outbreak at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) will introduce legislation requiring pediatric hospitals in New Jersey to develop plans to cohort patients who exhibit signs of potentially contagious infections.

Following the deaths of 11 children, legislation by Sen. Gerry Cardinale will require pediatric hospitals to develop plans to cohort patients who exhibit signs of potentially contagious infections. (©iStock)

“We were devastated to learn this morning that an 11th child has died from a contagious infection they received at the Wanaque Center,” said Cardinale. “This is an absolute tragedy for all of the families that are still struggling to understand what went wrong. We’re learning that part of the problem was an inability to separate those who were showing symptoms of infection from those who were not. We need to ensure that every pediatric facility has a plan and the ability to cohort patients to prevent dangerous viral outbreaks from spreading.”

Cohorting is the practice of grouping patients with the same infection together in a segregated area. Cohorted patients are often treated by dedicated staff that does not treat other patients. This practice helps prevent those who are sick or their caregivers from transmitting infectious diseases to other patients who may be susceptible.

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Cardinale, Schepisi & Auth Respond to Deadly Viral Outbreak at Children’s Healthcare Facility

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Senator Gerry Cardinale, Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and Assemblyman Robert Auth (all R-39) released the following statement in response to reports that a viral outbreak at a healthcare facility has claimed the lives of seven children.

The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation is located in Haskell, within the lawmakers’ legislative district.

In light of reports that a viral outbreak at a healthcare facility in their district has claimed the lives of 7 children, District 39 lawmakers are calling for action and justice for the families who are now ‘living every parent’s worst nightmare.’ (Flickr)

“We are shocked and heartbroken. This deadly viral outbreak was clearly a preventable tragedy, and State Officials must take immediate action to deliver justice to the families who are being forced to reckon with every parent’s worst nightmare – the loss of a child.

“The children who died were already at a high risk of infection. They needed more care and more oversight; not less.

“We are pleased to see that the Health Department and the Governor have responded quickly, but words are not enough. Not to the families who are grieving, and not to us.

“As the elected officials who represent the district where these children lost their lives, we will keep a very close eye on this situation, so that we can hold State Officials accountable for ensuring this never happens again.”

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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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