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Gerald Cardinale (born February 27, 1934) is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey State Senate since 1982, where he represents the 39th Legislative District.

Cardinale served in the State Senate as Deputy Majority Leader from 1994-2001, as Majority Whip from 1992-1993, as Assistant Minority Leader from 1987-1989 and as Minority Whip from 1985-1986.[1]

He serves in the Senate on the Commerce Committee, the Judiciary Committee and the Legislative Oversight Committee.[1]

Before his service as State Senator, Cardinale spent one term in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the General Assembly, from 1980-1981. Cardinale served as Mayor of Demarest from 1975-1979, and was a trustee of the Demarest Board of Education from 1967-1973, serving as its President from 1969-1971.[1]

He served as 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.[1]

Senator 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, with offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[1] Cardinale was born in New York City, and resides in Demarest.[2]

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).[3][4]

District 39

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 39th District for the 2010-2011 Legislative Session are:


  1. ^ a b c d e Senator Cardinale's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 20, 2008.
  2. ^ Senator S. Gerald Cardinale, Project Vote Smart. Accessed November 23, 2007.
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ Demasters, Karen. "BRIEFING: POLITICS; PRIMARY RESULTS", The New York Times, June 9, 2002. Accessed November 23, 2007.

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Current members of the New Jersey Senate

1: Jeff Van Drew (D)
2: Jim Whelan (D)
3: Stephen M. Sweeney (D)
4: Fred H. Madden (D)
5: vacant
6: James Beach (D)
7: Diane Allen (R)
8: Phil Haines (R)
9: Christopher J. Connors (R)
10: Andrew R. Ciesla (R)

11: Sean T. Kean (R)
12: Jennifer Beck (R)
13: Joseph M. Kyrillos (R)
14: Bill Baroni (R)
15: Shirley Turner (D)
16: Christopher Bateman (R)
17: Bob Smith (D)
18: Barbara Buono (D)
19: Joseph Vitale (D)
20: Raymond Lesniak (D)

21: Thomas Kean, Jr. (R)
22: Nicholas Scutari (D)
23: Michael J. Doherty (R)
24: Steve Oroho (R)
25: Anthony Bucco (R)
26: Joseph Pennacchio (R)
27: Richard Codey (D)
28: Ronald Rice (D)
29: Teresa Ruiz (D)
30: Robert Singer (R)

31: Sandra Bolden Cunningham (D)
32: Nicholas Sacco (D)
33: Brian P. Stack (D)
34: Nia Gill (D)
35: John Girgenti (D)
36: Paul Sarlo (D)
37: Loretta Weinberg (D)
38: Robert M. Gordon (D)
39: Gerald Cardinale (R)
40: Kevin J. O'Toole (R)

Democrat (22 seats) | Republican (17 seats)


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