The feud between Republican State Senator Gerald Cardinale and Democratic Bergen County Executive Dennis McNerney continues. Today, McNerney wrote a Letter to the Editor published in The Record that slams the nine-term Senator for his opposition to regionalization of local government. “If ignorance of constituents’ concerns paid dividends,” McNerney wrote, then Cardinale “would be a billionaire.”
Cardinale is using senatorial courtesy to block McNerney’s appointment to the Local Unit Alignment, Reorganization and Consolidation Commission. Governor Jon Corzine has named McNerney to the panel twice, but Cardinale refuses to allow his confirmation. According to The Record’s Charles Stile, Cardinale thinks McNerney will “simply rubber stamp… recommendations to merge smaller towns with larger ones.” McNerney wants to merge as many as 35 Bergen municipalities that have less than 10,000 residents.
Cardinale and McNerney have two chances to go at it in the future: Cardinale could run for County Executive next year, or McNerney, a resident of the 39th district, could run against Cardinale for State Senate in 2011.