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Senator Gerald Cardinale

February 22, 2021

On the morning of Saturday February 20th, Senator Gerald Cardinale passed away at the age of 86. I was fortunate to know Senator Cardinale for my entire life and to see him not only as a respected lawmaker but also as a devoted family man. His love for his wife and children was unparalleled. After graduating from St. John’s Senator Cardinale started his own dental practice in Fort Lee in 1959.  Senator Cardinale began his distinguished political career on the Demarest School Board and then served as the Mayor of Demarest from 1975-1979. From there he served one term as an Assemblyman before going on to represent the 39th Legislative District of the State of New Jersey for 42 years. The Senator was a member of the Judicial & Commerce Committees and was a strong supporter of laws protecting children, co-sponsoring Joan’s Law and Megan’s Law. By order of the Governor our flags will fly at half-staff to honor his life and legacy.  My thoughts and prays go out to Senator Cardinale’s family and all who knew him.



James P. Barsa