"If it is so beneficial, why don't you tax your own people to help your own children?" Cardinale protested on the Senate floor, his comments targeting Essex County Democrats who represent Newark. "Why are you taxing people from the 39th District (in Bergen County) and sending that money to other places?"Home rule has its charms: quaint villages with distinctive personalities, a sense of belonging. Senator Cardinale demonstrates the ugly side of home rule: its provincialism, its xenophobia, and, yes, its racism. Hard to go from there to Stile's more general condemnation of Senate Republicans, but at least one of them should hand Cardinale a muzzle.
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