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Senator Gerry Cardinale Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39)
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January 12, 2018
Cardinale Applauds Christie’s Pardon of Domestic Abuse Survivor

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Says Domestic Violence Survivors Are Due Justice

Senator Gerry Cardinale (R-39) applauded Governor Chris Christie’s pardon of Lisa Pyatt, a domestic violence survivor. Ms. Pyatt was convicted in 1993 of the murder of Kevin Patrick McGowan. Ms. Pyatt’s attorney argued self-defense due to continual domestic abuse caused by Mr. McGowan.

Governor Chris Christie pardoned Lisa Pyatt after serving 24 years of her sentence.

Sen. Gerry Cardinale applauded Gov. Chris Christie’s pardon of Lisa Pyatt, a domestic violence survivor. (

“It’s hard to judge someone for a crime they committed to escape from a cycle of domestic abuse,” stated Cardinale. “I thank Governor Christie for his understanding in this very difficult case. It is our job to bring justice for those who have experienced physical or emotional abuse, not imprison them.”

The United States Department of Justice defines domestic violence as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another partner.”

In 2015, the New Jersey State Police reported that there were over 61,659 domestic violence reports with 74 percent of victims being female.

“Domestic abuse causes more than scars, bruises, and sprains. It is life changing and devastating when someone you love brings harm to you,” Cardinale stated. “It is estimated that one in four women are have been victims of domestic violence. These women deserve help that Ms. Pyatt never received.”

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