Author Archive: Jan Bidwell For Senate

Voters Want Integrity, Not Slick Schemes

One of the things I continually hear from the people that I speak with throughout Bergen County is that they want “honesty” from their elected officials.

Integrity is certainly not too much to ask. That’s why I decide to insist that Republican Robert Schroeder immediately resign from the state Assembly as he awaits trial on a litany of criminal charges and a series of civil lawsuits.

A state grand jury indicted Mr. Schroeder for allegedly stealing $1.8 million and writing more than $3.4 million in bad checks. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and severe fines. Lawsuits may force him to repay millions of dollars to his creditors.

Of course we should consider Mr. Schroeder to be innocent until he can defend himself in state court. I firmly believe in our judicial system. But, the appearance of impropriety by public officials is enough to damage everyone’s trust and confidence.

That’s why Mr. Schroeder should resign now. His fellow Republican lawmakers – state Sen. Gerald Cardinale and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi – should join me and also insist that he resign gracefully.

Although it would boost their credibility – I doubt Cardinale and Schepisi will speak up because I have a sneaking suspicion that Bergen County’s well-greased Republican machine wants Mr. Schroeder to warm his Assembly seat until after the June Primary.

Why? It’s part of a slick political scheme – if Schroeder steps down after the Primary, Bergen Republicans can appoint Bob Auth to fill the unexpired term. Auth – who has been Sen. Cardinale’s aide and chauffeur for years – can march toward the Nov. 5th general election as an incumbent, rather than an unknown.

These kinds of political shenanigans are what make hard-working people cynical. No wonder people tell me they are fed up with politics and politicians.

Uncovering and ending schemes like this are among the reasons I am running for N.J. Senate against Mr. Cardinale – integrity and honest representation are not too much for voters to expect. Learn more about my campaign at

Hitting The Doors And Speaking With Voters

As the weather turns and the daylight extends, my state Senate campaign is continuing to have a fantastic response as I knock on doors throughout the 39th District and speak with voters.

It was a perfect day for door-to-door campaigning recently in Westwood where I had the opportunity to speak with voters about their concerns and our effort to stand up for them in Trenton.

I spoke with a number of people who say they feel “lucky” just be employed. Many of them  working for minimum wage and are struggling to pay their household bills. They could certainly use the one-dollar minimum wage increase that my opponent believes is unnecessary and has been blocking.

I also spoke with many women about the need for equal pay for equal work. It is absolutely amazing to me that although we recently marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act, we are still fighting to end wage discrimination here in New Jersey.

It is clear we have a gender wage gap in our state. Unfortunately, our Governor chose to veto three of four bills passed by the Legislature, that would have outlawed this kind of workplace discrimination. I find that appalling!

My campaign is continuing and if you live in the 39th district, I hope to see you at your front door very soon. Learn more about my campaign and please join our effort at

Cardinale Out Of Touch With The Times, Out Of Step With The 39th District

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It is truly an honor to be running to represent the people of the 39th Legislative District. But sometimes we have seen elected officials take their position for granted. When my opponent Gerry Cardinale first went to Trenton in 1981, New Jersey’s median income was $22,000. Postage was 20-cents. Gasoline cost 90-cents.  As many Blue Jersey readers know, that is a far cry 30 years later from the challenges that residents are facing today.

New Jersey and the demographic makeup of Bergen and Passaic counties have dramatically changed since then. Its residents are now younger, more diverse, and more progressive.  The problem however, is that Mr. Cardinale has not changed with the times. He no longer reflects or represents the values and concerns that are important to his constituents.

I believe that the people of Bergen and Passaic counties deserve a fresh, progressive and vocal advocate in Trenton. As an experienced social worker with an extensive record of community service and activism, I would promote and support legislation in the Senate to stabilize property taxes; create jobs and strengthen small businesses; encourage shared municipal services, champion women’s pay-equity and healthcare; and fight for practical flood-control initiatives.

We saw the other day how Senator Lautenberg, a genuine statesman with a distinguished record of service to the people of New Jersey announced his difficult decision to leave public service – a decision that he made with the same grace and dignity with which he serves. It’s clear that if Mr. Cardinale won’t emulate Senator Lautenberg’s gallantry, I will ask the voters to make the decision for him.

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Off to an exciting start!

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We are off to an exciting start in our campaign for Senate in the 39th legislative District.  Check out some of the recent coverage on the announcement of our campaign:
The Star Ledger covered the announcement of our campaign:

Jan Bidwell, a social worker with a background in child advocacy, has announced plans to run for state Senate in the 39th District.  She’ll challenge longtime Sen. Gerald Cardinale, a Demarest Republican first elected in 1982. Her platform includes lowering property taxes, encouraging consolidated services among towns and broadening women’s access to healthcare.

The Patch article featured some of my priorities in this campaign as opposed to my opponent who is out of touch with the needs of the district:

"Our district needs a senator who understands the challenges of citizens who are buckling under the burden of high taxes and budget cuts, who are unemployed, who deserve to be paid a fair wage,"

The Back Room On PolitickerNJ picked up our announcement as well.

You can join our campaign and help put another strong women that will fight for our families in the Senate.

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I look forward to the race ahead and hope you will join us on this journey to stand up to the right wing Tea Party agenda that has stranded New Jersey’s families. Thank you for everything you do!