By Joey Novick | December 10th, 2009 - 11:19pm
| More

In real life, Gerald Cardinale is a dentist.

In political life, he is a state senator who represents the 39th Legislative District. He also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

We hope he is less rude to his patients than he was to Thomas Hoff Prol, whom he called a liar at the hearing on the Marriage Equality Monday. Yup, a liar. But that’s just the short of it.

During the vote on whether or not to send the Freedom of Religion and Equality in Civil Marriage bill (S1967) to the full Senate for consideration, Senator Cardinale made a startlingly observation:

"...if gays are allowed to marry, then others waiting on the sidelines would choose that lifestyle.”

So, according to the good senator, the only thing that separates all heterosexuals from flipping teams is the right to marry. Yup, that’s what he said.

My curiosity got the better of me, and I called his office to ask his source of this assertion. Much to my surprise, he called me back.

The senator was quite courteous, but woefully misinformed.

“What is the source for your assertion that gay marriage will motivate more people to turn gay?” I asked.

“A study from some [unnamed] group in France. That’s why the French decided not to pass gay marriage,” he said. Got it. The French also like Jerry Lewis, so go figure.

Cardinale continued, “Their Real Agenda [that’s how I imagined the spelling in my head with a big R and big A]---is to teach young people about the gay lifestyle in school.”

Finally, he said, “How do we know three people can’t get married under this bill? Or a mother marries her son? Or maybe two people of the same gender in a non-sexual relationship getting married for the benefits? Know what I mean?”.

I sought a clarification. “Two people of the same gender in a non-sexual relationship getting married? You mean like Felix and Oscar?”

‘Yup, like Felix and Oscar,” he chuckled. “If there was an amendment to prevent that from happening, I would have supported this bill.” Wow! Is that all it would have taken to get his vote.

Just how did the Senator get so homophobic? Maybe it has something to do with being a dentist. Say 'Ah!. 

The Back Room

LOL

We already put the 'quote of the day' together, but New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has a line that goes into the pile of Her Eminence's greatest hits.

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: August 27th

One night in Clifton: Pascrell town hall crystallizes New Jersey's side of Arab-Jewish divide CLIFTON – It was the typical crowd with black yarmulkes and leopard-patterned hijab sprinkled among uncovered bald heads – Ukrainian, Turkish, Polish – Spanish Flamenco-style hair pulled back and framed by loop earrings and at...

Op-Ed

White House’s Tuition Challenge Being Met in NJ

By MICHAEL W. KLEIN In his weekly radio address on August 16, President Obama challenged colleges “to do their part to bring down costs” and lighten the tuition burden on students.  The state colleges and universities in New Jersey have... Read More >

Contributors

(8-27-14) All Americans Should Support Gov. Perry - Political prosecutions have no place in American life. Those who use the justice system as they are using it in Texas... more »
(Asbury Park, NJ) -- There's a word for someone who says one thing and does another: hypocrite.  There's no shortage of 'em in Trenton -- from ... more »
    My Richard Nixon Ambivalence   Today is the fortieth anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation address to the nation on August 8, 1974. At that time, I was ambivalent about... more »
 The following letter was sent today to Republican state legislators, county chairs, state committee members, and New Hampshire... more »

Quote of the Day

quote of the day

“Israelis don’t want peace more than the Palestinians, Palestinians don’t want peace more than the Israelis, but I do know one thing: Hamas is a terrorist organization.” - U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), Paterson.

- PolitickerNJ

Poll

Is there an incumbent congressman at risk in this upcoming general election?:

Blogroll

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources