According to an article on the [removed]ADA’s Web site[/removed], voters in New Jersey elected three general-practice dentists to the state Senate on November 6. "It will be the first time in New Jersey history that three dentists have served in the senate at the same time," said Eric R. Elmore, the New Jersey Dental Association’s communications director. Bipartisan politically and geographically diverse in practice, all are political action committee members and are very active participants, Elmore added.

S. Gerald Cardinale, DDS, the longest-serving member of the New Jersey senate, won a hard-fought re-election campaign. Jefferson Van Drew, DMD, and Joseph Pennacchio, DDS, won freshman seats in the Senate after having served in the General Assembly.

All three are able to maintain full-time practices while serving in New Jersey’s part-time legislature.