State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-39) and his allies apparently can’t shake Michael Cino.
Decrying the insider deal he says put River Vale Attorney Holly Shepisi in the pole position to become the next 39th District Assembywoman, Cino of Demarest just entered the contest opposing Shepisi and the establishment infrastructure he says is trying to assure her way to the legislature.
It’s not the only deal that has him down.
“Too many deals are made in Trenton with the Democrats which lead to higher priced government programs – and higher taxes,” said Cino, who sees the Bergen County Republican Organization as largely toothless in the face of the opposition.
“Too much of these burdens are placed on New Jersey’s Counties, towns, and school boards – leading to higher property taxes. Because I feel so strongly about these issues, I am seeking the Republican nomination for the State Assembly seat which has been recently vacated by Assemblywoman Charlotte Vandervalk,” he added. “New Jersey needs someone who understands Economics – and who has an Economics degree who can quickly analyze the potential effects on New Jersey’s Economy of any pending legislation.”
A former beaten challenger to U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage), Cino’s first foray into district politics this year came in the GOP Primary.
He submitted petitions to run against Cardinale but the BCRO derailed him with a petition challenge, a case that Cino took to the Supreme Court.
The court threw out the case and so Cino ran unsuccessfully as a write-in.
The president of Cino Oil Company, Cino prior to trying to run against Cardinale cited a “stunning vote of no confidence” by the Republican County Committee for one of the senator’s freeholder picks as evidence of weakness.
“It is with a heavy heart that I am declaring to run for the New Jersey State Senate against Gerry Cardinale,” Cino wrote. “I have known Senator Cardinale since I was young growing up in Demarest.
“When he was Mayor, Gerry spoke at my Eagle Scout ceremony. Unfortunately, in my adult life I have been unable to build a working relationship with Gerry. This has not been for lack of attempts on my part to actively support him and work with him.”
Sources confirm that Shepisi has the bulk of party power support as she heads toward a district convention two weeks from now to try to secure the GOP nomination. But she and Cino aren’t the only contenders. Also trying for Vandervalk’s seat are Washington Twp. Councilman Fred Goetz and Scott Mooney, the borough attorney in Emerson.