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Gerald Cardinale
Gerald Cardinale
State Senator Gerry Cardinale.png
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 39th district
Assumed office
January 12, 1982
Preceded byFrank Herbert
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
Preceded byGreta Kiernan
Harold Martin
Succeeded byJoan M. Wright
Personal details
BornFebruary 20, 2021(2021-02-20) (aged 86)
Brooklyn, New York, US
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceDemarest, New Jersey
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 in 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.
Contents
1 Personal and early life
2 New Jersey Assembly
3 New Jersey Senate
3.1 Tenure
3.2 Committee assignments
4 Campaign for Congress
5 District 39
6 Electoral history
6.1 New Jersey Senate
6.2 2017
6.3 2013
6.4 2011
6.5 2007
6.6 2003
6.7 2001
6.8 1997
6.9 1993
6.10 1991
6.11 1987
6.12 1983
6.13 1981
6.14 New Jersey Assembly
6.15 1979
6.16 1977
6.17 United States House of Representatives
6.18 New Jersey Governor
7 References
8 External links
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 is a dentist by profession, and he has his office in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Cardinale was born in New York City, and resides in Demarest. 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.
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.
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. He serves in the Senate on the Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Legislative Oversight Committee.
Tenure
In 2018 Cardinale sponsored e 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. 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.
Committee assignments
Commerce
Judiciary
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).
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 are:
Senator Gerald Cardinale (R)
Assemblyman Robert Auth (R)
Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi (R)
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.
2017 General Election in the 39th District
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.
2013 General Election in the 39th District
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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