UPPER SADDLE RIVER – Democrat Jan Bidwell today announced she will challenge state Sen. Gerald Cardinale for the 39th District seat that he has held for three decades.
“The people of Bergen and Passaic counties deserve a fresh, progressive advocate in Trenton. They deserve a state Senator who understands that families are buckling under the burden of higher taxes, budget cuts and joblessness,” Bidwell said.
“Gerry Cardinale no longer represents the values and concerns that are important to his constituents,” said Bidwell.
Bidwell pledged to promote legislation to stabilize property taxes for struggling families; create jobs and strengthen small businesses; encourage shared municipal services, champion women’s pay-equity and healthcare; and fight for more practical flood-control initiatives.
Bidwell is an experienced social worker with an extensive record of community service and activism. She has served on the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and on several state advisory committees to improve child welfare policies and restructure the state Department of Human Services and Department of Youth and Family Services.
Bidwell will seek the Democratic nomination to run for state Senate, but she pledged to run an energetic grassroots, bipartisan campaign. “High taxes, unemployment, healthcare and safety are not Democrat or Republican concerns. They are everyone’s concern,” Bidwell said. “So, we must work together to find effective solutions.”
The 39th Legislative District covers towns in Bergen and Passaic counties, including Mahwah, Ramsey, Bloomingdale, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Montvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Ringwood, River Vale, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Wanaque, Washington Township, Westwood, and Woodcliff Lake.