To: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada
From: New Jersey Senator Gerald Cardinale, Republican from Demarest
Fifteen slabs of tomatoy, cheesy goodness — pizzas for peace, let’s call them — are due at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington at noon today, courtesy of a lawmaker who wants “leaders of both political parties to come together over this ubiquitous food,” according to a news release from the state Senate Minority Office in Trenton.
Cardinale, 79, sprung about $350 for the order from We, The Pizza: five plain, five pepperoni and five vegetable, earmarked (tee-hee!) for Reid’s office.
“Pizza’s pretty pricey down there,” Jeremy Rosen, a spokesman for Cardinale, said by phone.
The New Jersey lawmaker, in office since 1980, wasn’t available for an interview.
“Since the early settlers, meals have been the catalyst to some of the most significant moments in American history,” Cardinale said in the release. “I’m not saying pizza is the solution to this mess, but it’s possible that something we all know and love could drive a solution or at least get the ball rolling for both sides to negotiate.”