Jane Bidwell

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Jane Bidwell
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Candidate for
New Jersey State Senate, District 39
Prior offices
Committeewoman, Bergen County
Bachelor'sMichigan State University
Master'sNew York University
ProfessionSocial Worker
Campaign website
Jane Bidwell was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 39 of the New Jersey State Senate.[1]


Bidwell received her undergraduate degree in Communications from Michigan State University. She later received a Master's of Social Work from New York University. Bidwell is a clinical social worker and the president of Bidwell Consulting Inc. She has been a member of the Bergen County Committee since 2003.[2][3]


Campaign themes


Bidwell's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[4]

  • Putting People Back to Work

"As your next state Senator, I would support practical incentives to attract “clean and green” industries and new businesses into the Garden State. This will create more new jobs for New Jersey residents. I would support the “Angel Investor Tax Credit Act” that rewards business for investing in emerging technologies."

  • Share Services to Stabilize Taxes

"I support measures to be introduced in the Legislature that will broaden and refund Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission (LUARCC) so it can help shape regional service agreements, promote more shared services and create joint contracts between municipalities."

  • Fight for Women's Healthcare and Pay Equity

"As your next state Senator, I will fight to restore women’s healthcare funding. I believe it is vital that all women have access to affordable, quality healthcare and preventative medicine."

  • Champion Marriage Equality

"I firmly believe same-sex couples deserve the freedom to marry. This is not a “special right.” It is an equal right. I want marriage equality to become reality in New Jersey."

  • Safeguard Funds for Veterans' Services

"I will fight to restore funds to our state disabilities system so it can provide real and quantifiable help to veterans and others diagnosed with behavioral health issues."



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Bidwell ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 39. Bidwell was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She was defeated by incumbent Gerald Cardinale (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey State Senate, District 39 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Cardinale Incumbent 63.6% 37,836
     Democratic Jane E. Bidwell 36.4% 21,616
Total Votes 59,452



Bidwell’s endorsements included the following:[9]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO


Bidwell has one child. She currently resides in Mahwah, New Jersey. Bidwell is a member of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences.

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