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Gerald Cardinale
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New Jersey State Senate District 39
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 33
Deputy Majority Leader, New Jersey State Senate
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1981
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
Bachelor'sSaint John's University, 1955
OtherDDS, New York University College of Dentistry, 1959
Date of birthFebruary 27, 1934
Place of birthNew York, NY
Office website
Campaign website
Gerald Cardinale is a Republican member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 1981. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Cardinale include Senate Bill 185 and Senate Bill 186.[1]


Cardinale graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from St. John's University. He later graduated with a D.D.S. from New York University.[2] Cardinale has owned his dental practice, Cardinale Dental Associates, since 1959.


Campaign Themes


Cardinale's campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Real Tax Reform-For All Taxes

"Gerry’s plan is simple: make sure that Bergen County taxpayers get back in school aid what they send to the state to make school funding fair and equitable. Right now, if Bergen County schools received fair and equitable funding from the state, local property taxes would be reduced by nearly 30%."

  • Controlling Government Spending

"Now, Gerry Cardinale will work to impose a spending limit on government – because the politicians in Trenton can’t seem to limit themselves. Under the Cardinale plan, state spending increases can be no more than the rate of inflation. Period."

  • Illegal Immigration

"By restricting public services to legal citizens, tax dollars can be better focused on other priorities: property tax relief, education, debt reduction and more. And by enforcing our laws on issues like drivers licensing, car insurance and more, we can save tax dollars in other areas as well."

  • Ending Corrupt Pay to Play Politics

"All across Bergen County and New Jersey, the political patronage games played by the political bosses is costing taxpayers a fortune. That’s why Gerry Cardinale is standing up to the Bergen County Democrat machine’s efforts to sue the state and overturn pay-to-play restrictions."

  • Protecting Our Community

"Gerry Cardinale opposes the misguided effort to sell out the Turnpike and Garden State Parkway because all it will mean is higher tolls for Bergen County motorists. And, he is the only State Senator from our region who opposed the Federal Aviation Administration’s efforts to re-route air traffic over our communities."

Committee assignments


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Cardinale served on these committees:



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Cardinale ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 39. Cardinale was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary and is challenged by Jane E. Bidwell (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4][5]


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Cardinale won re-election to the District 39 State Senate seat in 2011. Cardinale was set to face Michael Cino in the June 7 primary, however, Cino's candidacy was found invalid by the Secretary of State's office and his name was removed from the ballot in late April. He then defeated Lorraine Waldes in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey State Senate District 39 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGerald Cardinale Incumbent 63.5% 28,041
     Democratic Lorraine Waldes 36.5% 16,097
Total Votes 44,138


In 2007, Cardinale was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 39. Cardinale (R) finished with 27,623 votes and was followed by Joseph Ariyan (D) with 22,272 votes. Cardinale raised $725,688 for his campaign fund. [7]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 39 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gerald Cardinale (R) 27,623
Joseph Ariyan (D) 22,272

Campaign donors


In 2011, Cardinale received $386,431 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gerald Cardinale's campaign in 2011
Friends Of District 39 GOP$8,000
New Jersey Dental Association$5,400
Decotiis Fitzpatrick & Cole$3,875
New Jersey Association Of Realtors$3,000
Modica, Lisa$2,600
Total Raised in 2011 $386,431
Total Votes received in 2011 28,041
Cost of each vote received $13.78


In 2007, Cardinale collected $725,688 in donations.[9]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Cardinale Vandervalk Rooney $50,000
Cardinale, S. Gerald $25,000
New Jersey Republican Party $21,117
New Jersey Dental Association $14,800
Lance For Senate $8,200


Cardinale and his wife, Carole, have five children. They currently reside in Demarest, New Jersey.

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