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State Sen. Gerald Cardinale, left, and Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi in 2017. (Photo: Facebook.)

Schepisi wins Passaic GOP line for Senate

Assemblywoman beats 12-term senator in first vote

By David Wildstein, February 20 2021 9:48 am

Passaic County Republicans voted 17-3 to award their organization line for State Senate to Holly Schepisi, who scored a 17-3 win this morning over incumbent Gerald Cardinale, an 86-year-old, 12-term incumbent.

Schepisi, 49, is challenging Cardinale for the GOP Senate nomination after serving five terms in the State Assembly.

There are three Passaic County municipalities in the 39th – Bloomingdale, Ringwood, and Wanaque – and makes up about 15% of the vote in a GOP primary.

“We are proud to endorse Holly Schepisi in her campaign for State Senate. Having represented us for nearly a decade as a member of the State Assembly, we have worked closely with Holly to grow our party, elect candidates on a local level, and serve the needs of our community,” said Peter Murphy, the Passaic County GOP Chairman. “While we appreciate Senator Cardinale’s over 40-years of dedicated public service, now is the time to move our party in a new direction.”

The next stop in the Schepisi vs. Cardinale race is the Bergen County Republican convention next month.

“Holly Schepisi has the ability to appeal to voters across the political spectrum and build consensus around a pro-growth, pro-taxpayer, pro-business, pro-worker agenda that will make New Jersey a more affordable place to live and work for future generations,” Murphy said.  “With one-party control in Trenton and Washington, we need to focus on rebuilding our party and it starts with a new generation of leadership. We are confident Holly is that leader.”
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