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Senator Gerald Cardinale

Cardinale Sending Pizza to Washington to Bring Both Sides Together to End the Federal Shut Down

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It’s National Pizza Month and given the love Americans share for this historic food, New Jersey Senator Gerald Cardinale is sending pizza today to Congress to encourage Republicans and Democrats to come together and solve the federal shut down.

“Americans this morning remain angry, concerned and confused as to why the world’s greatest democracy is not adequately functioning or serving them,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “My staff and I have heard from constituents asking me to do something about this shut down. Rather than just pointing out that our representatives are acting like children, I thought establishing a common bond for those in Washington could help drive a solution.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Sen. Doherty Joins State’s Indian-American Community in Welcoming His Holiness Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Ji to NJ

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) joined state and federal officials and more than 2,000 members of the state’s Indian-American community to welcome one of India’s most renowned spritiual leaders, His Holiness Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Ji, to New Jersey.

Doherty presented a resolution on behalf of the New Jersey Senate to Brahmrishi Kumar Swami honoring him as an Ambassador of Peace at a reception on September 29th at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset.

(From L to R) Varinder Bhalla, Franklin Deputy Mayor Rozalyn Sherman, Edison Mayor Antonia Recigliano; President of AWB Food Bank, Varinder Bhalla; Sen. Michael Doherty, Brahmrishi Kumar Swami, Guru Ma, Franklin Councilman Rajiv Prasad, Franklin Councilman Theodore Chase.

“It was an honor to welcome His Holiness Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Ji back to New Jersey,” said Doherty. “His unwavering dedication to helping people and building communities serves as an inspiration to all.”

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Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Problem for Trenton High School Isn’t Money, It’s People

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) called on Senator Barbara Buono and other state Democrats to focus on the real issue behind the condition of Trenton High School: budget and building managers.

“Rather than trying to use Trenton High School in a baseless crusade against Gov. Christie, Senator Buono and others should work toward solving the problem with that school’s physical condition,” Doherty said. “The Trenton school district gets more than enough state tax dollars each year from residents across New Jersey to maintain its buildings and grounds.”

Senator Doherty noted that according to the state Department of Education, the Trenton City school district is getting more aid this year than the total for all of the school districts in Bergen County combined.

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Join Legislative Effort Opposing LNG Terminals Off NJ’s Coast

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Coastal legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have joined a legislative effort in support of federal and State entities taking appropriate action to prevent the construction of the proposed Port Ambrose deepwater liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal off the coast of New Jersey.

The 9th District Legislators have signed on to companion resolutions (SR-120 and AR-205) which were introduced in response to Liberty Natural Gas, LLC submitting an application to the federal government seeking approval for the construction and operation of a deepwater LNG terminal – identified as “Port Ambrose.”

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Senator Gerald Cardinale

New Jersey Psychiatric Association Backs Cardinale Measure to Expand Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

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Senator Gerald Cardinale said today that the New Jersey Psychiatric Association’s recently released position paper supporting involuntary outpatient commitment for patients with mental illness shows the importance of taking action on legislation he’s sponsored to authorize courts in any county in New Jersey to order patients with mental illness to partake in outpatient treatment.

In its position paper the NJPA highlighted the success of involuntary outpatient commitment programs in addressing the negative and potentially dangerous consequences of untreated mental illness. The NJPA expressed support for Senator Cardinale’s S2828, stating it “supports legislation that materially strengthens the availability and effective implementation of involuntary outpatient commitment in New Jersey.”

“As the NJPA found, the nature of a mental illness often makes it difficult for a patient to recognize their own illness and ability to choose on their own to accept needed treatment,” said Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic). “Unfortunately, the consequences of untreated mental illness can be tragic. Those who are left to suffer without treatment face escalated risk of unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse and either being a victim or perpetrator of violence.”

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Senator Bob Singer

Singer Statement on Grant Awards for Two Manasquan Businesses Damaged by Sandy

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Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth) issued the following statement today following an announcement from the Christie Administration that two Manasquan businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy were awarded grants to aid their recovery.

“I hope that with this funding these two businesses will be able to flourish and serve residents here for years to come,” said Singer. “These types of dedicated local businesses are key to helping our entire community make a full recovery from Sandy.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Support Effort by NJ Congressional Members to Extend Deadline for Sandy-Impacted Homeowners to File Insurance Claims

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As part of their continuing efforts to assist constituents impacted by Super Storm Sandy, Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have pledged their support to the bipartisan efforts undertaken by members of New Jersey’s and New York’s Congressional delegations in urging that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant a six-month extension for thousands of Super Storm Sandy-impacted homeowners to file flood insurance claims.

Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) managed by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Sandy-impacted homeowners must file a Proof of Loss (POL) form, a statement on the amount that the homeowner is claiming under his or her flood insurance policy, by October 29th in order to be eligible for coverage for flood damage. However, there are a significant number of homeowners who are unable to meet the filing deadline as they do not have a total accounting of the costs associated with rebuilding as work is still being done on their homes.

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Senator Mike Doherty

Sen. Doherty Served as Honorary Chair of AKC’s Meet the Breeds Dog and Cat Show

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) served as an Honorary Chair of the American Kennel Club’s Meet the Breeds dog and cat show that was held on September 28th and 29th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

“As someone who cares about animals, I was glad to serve as an Honorary Chair of Meet the Breeds,” said Doherty. “This educational event gave prospective owners the opportunity to interact with and learn about more than 200 different breeds of dogs and cats.”

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Senator Kip Bateman

Bateman-Ciattarelli-Simon Laud Vote on School Consolidation in South Hunterdon

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and Assemblywoman Donna Simon, all R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer and Middlesex, voiced their approval for Tuesday’s vote in Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell that will consolidate four school districts. The public question received the support of 86 percent of those who cast a vote.

“The residents of these communities made a tough but commendable decision this week, setting aside feelings of tradition and Home Rule for a more efficient and sustainable school system that’s better prepared to serve their children for decades to come,” said Bateman. “By eliminating redundant services and pooling educational resources, this consolidated district will benefit taxpayers and enhance educational opportunities for their children. This consolidated district should serve as a model to other communities of the progress that can be achieved by working together.”

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District 9

Connors, Rumpf & Gove Praise Christie Administration on Decisive Dune Easement Action

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9th District Legislators Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove praised Governor Chris Christie for signing an Executive Order that will allow the state to move forward with dune construction projects to protect New Jersey’s coastal communities.

The Governor’s Executive Order directs the State Acting Attorney General to immediately coordinate legal action to acquire the necessary easements to build dunes. Additionally, the Executive Order creates the Office of Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to lead and coordinate the efforts to acquire the necessary property to build dunes.

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Tom Kean

District 21 - Republican Leader

Kip Bateman

District 16

Chris Brown

District 2

Anthony M. Bucco

District 25

Gerald Cardinale

District 39

Kristin Corrado

District 40

Michael Doherty

District 23

Jim Holzapfel

District 10

Steven Oroho

District 24

Declan O'Scanlon

District 13

Joe Pennacchio

District 26

Robert Singer

District 30

Michael Testa

District 1

Samuel Thompson

District 12

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