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Gerald Cardinale
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 39th district
In office
January 12, 1982 – February 20, 2021
Preceded byFrank Herbert
Succeeded byvacant
Deputy Majority Leader of the New Jersey Senate
In office
January 11, 1994 – January 8, 2002
LeaderDonald DiFrancesco[1]
Succeeded byWayne R. Bryant[1]
Majority Whip of the New Jersey Senate
In office
January 14, 1992 – January 11, 1994
LeaderDonald DiFrancesco
Succeeded byJohn A. Girgenti 2004[1]
Assistant Minority Leader of the New Jersey Senate
In office
January 13, 1987 – January 10, 1989
LeaderJames R. Hurley
Minority Whip of the New Jersey Senate
In office
January 8, 1985 – January 13, 1987
LeaderS. Thomas Gagliano
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 39th district
In office
January 8, 1980 – January 12, 1982
Serving with John Markert
Preceded byGreta Kiernan
Harold Martin
Succeeded byJoan M. Wright
Personal details
Born(1934-02-27)February 27, 1934
Brooklyn, New York, US
DiedFebruary 20, 2021(2021-02-20) (aged 86)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materSt. John's University (BS)
New York University (DDS)
OccupationLegislator
WebsiteLegislative Webpage

Gerald Cardinale (February 27, 1934 – February 20, 2021) was an American Republican Party politician, who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1982 until his death in 2021, representing the 39th Legislative District. Cardinale also served one term in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1980 until 1982. At the time of his death, he was the second-most senior senator in the state, behind Richard Codey, who also came to office in January 1982, but had served in the General Assembly since 1974. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1984, 1988 and 1992 and served as a Delegate to the New Jersey Republican State Platform Committee in 1983.[2]

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Personal and early life

Cardinale received a B.S. degree from St. John's University (Chemistry) in 1955 and was awarded a D.D.S. from the New York University College of Dentistry in 1959. He was a dentist by profession, and he had an office in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[2] Cardinale was born in New York City, and lived in Demarest.[3] Cardinale served as Mayor of Demarest, New Jersey, from 1975 to 1979, and was a trustee of the Demarest Public Schools Board of Education from 1967 to 1973, serving as its President from 1969 to 1971.[2]

Cardinale died on February 20, 2021, at age 86, seven days short of his 87th birthday. At the time of his death, he was running for re-election to a thirteenth term in the state senate.[4]

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New Jersey Assembly

Before his service as State Senator, Cardinale spent one term in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the General Assembly, from 1980 to 1981.

Gerald Cardinale New Jersey Assembly articles: 2

New Jersey Senate

Cardinale served in the State Senate as deputy majority leader from 1994 to 2001, as majority whip from 1992 to 1993, as assistant minority leader from 1987 to 1989 and as minority whip from 1985 to 1986.[2] He served in the Senate on the Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Legislative Oversight Committee.[2]

Tenure

In 2018 Cardinale sponsored a bill alongside Senators Paul Sarlo, Kristin Corrado, Loretta Weinberg, and Joseph Lagana that would push a special election to the following year if a vacancy for the County Sheriff, Clerk, or Surrogate posts if the vacancy occurs 70 days before election day.[5] In March 2019 Cardinale expressed his opposition to marijuana legalization. He called the social justice argument in favor of legalization "B.S." as well as saying it wouldn't solve the budget problems that those in favor of legalization have argued.[6]

Committee assignments

  • Commerce[7]
  • Judiciary

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Campaign for Congress

After 5th District Congresswoman Marge Roukema announced her retirement in 2002, she endorsed Cardinale as her successor in the Republican primary. However, Cardinale finished with 25%, a close third behind State Assemblyman Scott Garrett (the eventual winner, with 45%) and David C. Russo (who received 26% of votes cast).[8][9]

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District 39

New Jersey's 39th Legislative District (2012-2022 Apportionment)

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. New Jersey's 39th Legislative District encompasses parts of Bergen, Passaic Counties. The current representatives from the 39th District to the 219th New Jersey Legislature (until his death) are:

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Electoral history

New Jersey Senate

2017

In 2017 Cardinale faced a challenge from Democrat Linda H. Schwager and Libertarian James Tosone. In his second closest election in that district since 1981 he beat Schwager by over 4,000 votes. Cardinale won Bergen, and Passaic Counties by about 4,000 and 2,000 votes respectively.[10]

2017 General Election in the 39th District[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 33,752 52.8% 10.8
Democratic Linda H. Schwager 29,631 46.3% 9.9
Libertarian James Tosone 574 0.9% 0.9
Total votes '63,957' '100.0%'

2013

In a year that was good, electorally, for incumbent State Senate Republicans, Cardinale won re-election by over 16,000 votes, and finishing with more than 60% of the vote in Bergen and Passaic Counties.[12]

2013 General Election in the 39th District[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 37,836 63.6% 0.1
Democratic Jane “Jan” Bidwell 21,616 36.4% 0.1
Total votes '59,452' '100.0%'

2011

2011 re-redistricting put part of Passaic County in the district. Democrats nominated Lorraine M. Waldes. Cardinale easily defeated Waldes.

2011 General Election in the 39th District[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 28,041 63.5%
Democratic Lorraine M. Waldes 16,097 36.5%
Total votes 44,138 100.0

2007

In his second closest election since 1981 at that point, Cardinale defeated Democratic nominee Joseph Ariyan by 5,000 votes.

2007 General Election in the 39th District[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 27,623 55.4% 6.9
Democratic Joseph Ariyan 22,272 44.6% 6.9
Total votes '48,895' '100.0'

2003

During the 2003 general election in New Jersey Democrats gained a majority in the State Senate for the first time since 1992, however Cardinale still won re-election easily.

2003 General Election in the 39th District[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 30,718 62.3 0.6
Democratic Richard Muti 18,605 37.7 1.5
Total votes '49,323' '100.0'

2001

In 2001, Republicans lost two seats in the State Senate making the partisan makeup a 20–20 split. Republicans lost the Governorship with the retirement of Governor Donald DiFrancesco and the election of James McGreevey. Regardless, Cardinale won re-election in the then-safe Republican 39th District.

2001 General Election in the 39th District[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 42,717 62.9
Democratic Alan Baskin 24,543 36.2
Conservative George E. Soroka 616 0.9
Total votes 67,876 100.0

1997

In 1997 Incumbent Republican Governor Christine Todd Whitman barely squeaked out a re-election win over State Senator and Woodbridge Township Mayor James McGreevey, Cardinale, who at this point was still serving as Deputy Majority Leader under the leadership of Majority Leader John O. Bennett and Senate President Donald DiFrancesco, cruised to re-election.

1997 General Election in the 39th District[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 46,424 66.3 3.8
Democratic Ilan Plawker 22,466 32.1 5.4
Conservative Michael W. Koontz 1,166 1.7 N/A
Total votes '70,056' '100.0'

1993

Cardinale who was serving as Majority Whip easily beat Democratic nominee Stephen Jaffe.

1993 General Election in the 39th District[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 48,803 62.5 4.4
Democratic Stephen H. Jaffe 29,268 37.5 4.4
Total votes '78,071' '100.0'

1991

In the 1991 election, Republicans gained an overwhelming Majority in the State Senate. Cardinale was made Majority Whip following the election.

1991 General Election in the 39th District[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 37,135 66.9
Democratic Mary Donohue 18,336 33.1
Total votes 55,471 100.0

1987

Cardinale easily won re-election to a third term in 1987.

1987 General Election in the 39th District[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 31,585 67.1 15.9
Democratic Louis B. Redisch 15,499 32.9 15.9
Total votes '47,084' '100.0'

1983

In what was Cardinale's closest election since 1981 he faced now former State Senator Francis X. Herbert, who lost by a little under 2,000 votes.

1983 General Election in the 39th District[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale (Incumbent) 27,199 51.2 7.0
Democratic Francis X. Herbert 25,942 48.8 7.0
Total votes '53,141' '100.0'

1981

Then an Assemblyman, Cardinale ran for State Senate for the first time against incumbent Democratic State Senator Frank Herbert, Cardinale beat him by a wide margin.

1981 General Election in the 39th District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald Cardinale 38,929 58.2
Democratic Francis X. Herbert (Incumbent) 27,948 41.8
Total votes 66,877 100.0

New Jersey Assembly

1979

In 1979 Cardinale, again ran for General Assembly this time he won coming in first place.

1979 General Election in the 39th District[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Gerald Cardinale 27,608 28.1 4.8
Republican John W. Markert 27,450 28.0 4.7
Democratic Greta Kiernan (Incumbent) 21,425 21.8 4.2
Democratic Harold Martin (Incumbent) 20,577 21.0 5.1
Libertarian Henry Koch 809 0.8 0.2
U.S. Labor Elliot Greenspan 308 0.3 0.0
Total votes '98,177' '100.0'

1977

In 1977 Cardinale ran for General Assembly losing to Incumbent Harold Martin and newcomer Greta Kiernan.

1977 General Election in the 39th District[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Harold Martin 28,105 26.1 0.7
Democratic Greta Kiernan 28,026 26.0 1.1
Republican Gerald Cardinale 25,087 23.3 1.9
Republican John F. Inganamort 25,041 23.3 1.2
Libertarian Henry Koch 681 0.6 N/A
Libertarian William J. Zelko, Jr. 432 0.4 N/A
U.S. Labor Elliot Greenspan 276 0.3 N/A
Total votes '107,648' '100.0'

United States House of Representatives

2002 Republican Primary - United States House of Representatives 5th District[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Scott Garrett 16,234 44.9%
Republican David C. Russo 9,229 25.7%
Republican Gerald Cardinale 9,109 25.5
Republican Akram Yosri Abdelrahman 773 2.1
Republican Brian Fox 665 1.8

New Jersey Governor

1989 Republican gubernatorial primary[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican James A. Courter 112,326 29.0%
Republican W. Cary Edwards 85,313 22.0%
Republican Chuck Hardwick 82.392 21.2%
Republican William Gormley 66,430 17.1%
Republican Gerald Cardinale 32,250 8.3%
Republican Tom Blomquist 3,791 0.9%
Republican Lois Rand 2,553 0.6%

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References

  1. ^ a b c "New Jersey Legislature". Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on July 3, 2002. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e Senator Cardinale's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 20, 2008.
  3. ^ Senator S. Gerald Cardinale, Project Vote Smart. Accessed November 23, 2007.
  4. ^ Wildstein, David (February 20, 2021). "Senator Gerald Cardinale dies at 86". New Jersey Globe. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "Senate looks to close Saudino loophole". New Jersey Globe. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  6. ^ "Statements on Marijuana Legalization". New Jersey Globe. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "Gerald Cardinale (R)". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  8. ^ Kocieniewski, David. "Forrester to Represent G.O.P. in Race to Unseat Torricelli", The New York Times, June 5, 2002. Accessed March 30, 2008. "In the Republican primary to replace Representative Marge Roukema, who is retiring from her Fifth Congressional District seat, State Assemblyman E. Scott Garrett, defeated State Senator Gerald Cardinale, whom Mrs. Roukema had endorsed. With all precincts reporting, Mr. Garrett had 46 percent, to 25 percent for Mr. Cardinale and 26 percent for Assemblyman David C. Russo."
  9. ^ Demasters, Karen. "Briefing: Politics; Primary Results", The New York Times, June 9, 2002. Accessed November 23, 2007.
  10. ^ "NJ State Senate 39". Our Campaigns. Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). Retrieved February 9, 2020.
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  19. ^ "1993-general-election-results-state-sen-gen-assembly.pdf" (PDF). Wayback Machine. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 5, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  20. ^ "1991-general-election-results-st-senate-gen-assembly.pdf" (PDF). Wayback Machine. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
  21. ^ "1987-general-election-results-state-senate-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). Wayback Machine. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2020.
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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Greta Kiernan
Harold Martin
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 39th district

January 8, 1980–January 12, 1982
Served alongside: John Markert
Succeeded by
Joan M. Wright
New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Frank Herbert
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 39th district

January 12, 1982–February 20, 2021
Succeeded by
vacant