New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District

Senator Michael Doherty

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  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Michael Doherty presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals at a State House press conference on Dec. 14, 2015. (Full Story)

  • Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) spoke and voted against legislation (A-2006) to reduce the size of magazines to 10 rounds, saying the limit would not be an impediment to criminals who would do harm to others, and may put law abiding citizens trying to protect themselves in danger. (Facebook)

  • Senator Jennifer Beck (left), Senator Mike Doherty (right) and members of the New Jersey Senate take the oath of office at the beginning of the 2014-2015 legislative session on January 14, 2014. (Facebook)

  • Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) helped honor 36 war era veterans at the Warren County War Memorial in Belvidere on October 5, 2013. Doherty is pictured with Leo Becker and Jack Trimmer of the Warren County War Memorial Corporation.

  • Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) joined state and federal officials and more than 2,000 members of the state’s Indian-American community to welcome one of India’s most renowned spritiual leaders, His Holiness Brahmrishi Shri Kumar Swami Ji, to New Jersey at a reception in Somerset on September 29, 2013. Click for full post.

  • Senator Michael Doherty (R-23), the sponsor of legislation to ban red light cameras in New Jersey, speaks about his proposal at the Fort Lee VFW on Aug. 21, 2012. (NJ.com/Myles Ma)

  • Senator Michael Doherty (r) and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (c) talk about transportation issues with host Brenda Blackmon on My 9’s New Jersey Now on September 26, 2010.

  • Senator Mike Doherty speaking at a ceremony to mark the signing of S-2, S-3 and S-4 by Governor Chris Christie on March 22, 2010.  Doherty is a primary sponsor of S-3, which requires contributions toward healthcare benefits by all public employees. (Governor Photos/Tim Larsen)

  • Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) casting a vote during the Senate session on December 12, 2009.

Senator Mike Doherty

Christie Signs Doherty’s “Right to Shovel” Bill Into Law

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Ahead of Expected Weekend Storm, New Law Cuts Red Tape for Kids Offering Snow Shoveling Services

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) ensuring that kids have the right to offer snow shoveling services before storms without municipal approval was signed into law by Governor Chris Christie.

Sen. Mike Doherty’s bill ensuring that kids have the right to offer snow shoveling services before storms without municipal approval was signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie. (SenateNJ.com)

“It’s incredible that some towns wanted kids to register as businesses or buy expensive solicitation permits before offering to shovel their neighbors’ driveways and sidewalks,” said Doherty. “This new law sends the message that kids looking to make a few bucks on a snow day shouldn’t be subjected to government red tape or fined for shoveling snow.”

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Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” Signed Into Law

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Legislation (S-650) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) designating Route 173 between Clinton in Hunterdon County and Phillipsburg in Warren County as the “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” in honor of the brigade’s many years of heroism and sacrifice in defense of our country’s freedom has been signed into law.

Part of Rt. 173 between Clinton and Phillipsburg will be designated the “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” under Sen. Mike Doherty’s newly signed law. (Facebook/173rd Airborne Brigade)

“From service in France during World War I to recent deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ‘Sky Soldiers’ of the 173rd Airborne Brigade have distinguished themselves for nearly a century,” said Doherty. “It is fitting that New Jersey honor the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s service and sacrifice by naming part of Rt. 173 in their honor.”

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Video: Beck & Doherty Oppose Gas Tax Increase, Present Alternatives

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Senator Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference on December 14, 2015 to announce their opposition to a New Jersey gas tax increase.

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Sen. Beck presented a plan to fund New Jersey’s roads and bridges without increasing gas taxes, and Sen. Doherty explained how his legislative effort to reduce our highest-in-the-nation highway costs should be part of the solution.

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Beck, Doherty Present Transportation, Pension Alternatives to Democrats’ Tax Hike Proposals

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On behalf of New Jersey’s overburdened taxpayers, Senate Republicans Jennifer Beck (R-11) and Michael Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference today and presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals.

Sen. Jennifer Beck expressed her opposition to a gas tax increase and presented a transportation funding alternative. (SenateNJ.com)

“By tightening our belts during a long-term fiscal plan, we can finally give sorely needed relief, predictability and good news to overburdened New Jersey families, employers and prospective job creators,” Beck said. “After months of research with New Jersey’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services, it is clear that state government can implement a seven-year financial plan that annually funds a $1.6 billion Transportation Trust Fund program with no Democrat gas tax hike, and annually funds the state’s growing public pension system obligation without Democrat income or sales tax hikes.”

Senator Doherty addressed fundamental issues with how existing money taxpayers have paid the state for transportation programs. Doherty sponsors S-2811 to ultimately lower costs for drivers and taxpayers via the “State Transportation Cost Analysis Task Force.”

Sen. Michael Doherty expressed his opposition to a gas tax increase and discussed the need to reduce New Jersey’s highest-in-the-nation higway costs. (SenateNJ.com)

“It is repugnant for the state to demand more money from taxpayers for the Transportation Trust Fund, without first stopping all of the waste, abuse and lack of proper oversight that is clearly occurring with New Jersey road, bridge and other infrastructure projects,” Doherty said. “With alternatives to meet our transportation funding needs, including reducing our highest-in-the-nation highway costs, raising the gas tax should be the last option that the legislature considers. How can we justify asking more from drivers when it’s clear that the gas taxes they already pay aren’t spent wisely?”

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Doherty Praises Property Revaluation Investigations of Jersey City, Dunellen and Elizabeth

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Noting that some municipalities have resisted for years and sometimes decades efforts to account for increases in home prices that may affect their residents’ property tax obligations or reduce their share of state aid, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) praised the New Jersey Division of Taxation’s announcement that it will conduct an investigation to determine whether to order revaluations in Jersey City, Dunellen and Elizabeth, followed by future investigations of additional municipalities.

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“For years, I’ve worked to highlight the fact that some towns have massively gamed the system to shift their property tax burden to others and collect state aid they don’t deserve,” said Doherty. “Today’s announcement is recognition that they should no longer be given a free ride at everyone else’s expense.”

According to the Division of Taxation, it has determined that the municipalities targeted for investigation appear to be the most dramatically out of compliance with Constitutional and statutory provisions requiring fair and uniform property tax assessments.

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Senate Approves Doherty’s “Right to Shovel” Legislation

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Bill Authorizing Kids to Offer Snow Shoveling Services Heads to General Assembly

The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) ensuring that kids have the right to offer snow shoveling services before storms without municipal approval.

Sen. Doherty’s “right to shovel” legislation ensures that kids will not need to register with municipalities or purchase permits to offer snow shoveling services before a storm. (Flickr)

“It’s ridiculous to suggest that kids looking to earn a few bucks shoveling sidewalks and driveways might need expensive permits from their municipalities,” said Doherty. “This bill ensures that kids have the right to offer to shovel snow without fear of breaking the law.”

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Doherty “Right to Shovel” Legislation Approved by Senate Committee

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Legislation Blocks Local Ordinances that Restrict Ability of Kids to Offer Snow Shoveling Services

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) that blocks municipal ordinances from preventing the ability of kids to offer snow shoveling services within 24 hours of an expected snowstorm was approved by the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee.

Sen. Mike Doherty’s legislation making it clear that kids can offer to shovel snow without permits or municipal approval has been approved by committee. (SenateNJ.com)

“I agree with many who believe it is ridiculous that we need legislation to explicitly state that kids can legally offer to shovel sidewalks and driveways,” said Doherty. “It is a sign of how overbearing government regulation has become that kids risk running afoul of the law for offering to shovel snow.”

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Doherty to Introduce Legislation to Examine New Jersey’s Highest in Nation Highway Costs

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Says Analysis of Cost-Saving Opportunities Critical Given Talk of Major Gas Tax Increase

In response to concerns that New Jersey highways are the nation’s most expensive to build, operate and maintain, Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has drafted legislation that will give policymakers the information they need to lower costs for drivers and taxpayers.

As Doherty expressed in a recent editorial, the new measure addresses the dual concerns of excessive state highway costs highlighted in a recent report by the Reason Foundation and calls by some legislators to raise the state’s gas tax to fund new transportation projects.

“Some may quibble over how much more New Jersey spends on our highways than other states, but nobody disputes that we do spend more than everyone else,” said Doherty. “With New Jersey drivers already shouldering such a heavy tax and toll burden, it’s imperative that we find out why the many millions we spend on our roads get us so little in return.”

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Editorial: Why Are New Jersey Roads the Costliest in the Nation?

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The following editorial by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) on transportation funding was published in the Times of Trenton, Express-Times and Daily Record:

There has been much discussion recently about a report on state highway systems by the Reason Foundation that found New Jersey’s roads to be the nation’s most expensive to build, operate and maintain.

A view of Rt. 12 in Hunterdon County. (Adam Moss/Wikimedia Commons)

According to that report, New Jersey’s state-administered highways cost taxpayers $2 million per mile, which the Reason Foundation claims to be 12 times the national average, three times the cost in the next highest state and four times the cost in New York.

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Beck, Doherty Introduce Legislation Prohibiting Incest

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Senators Jennifer Beck and Michael Doherty announced the introduction of legislation explicitly banning adult incest in New Jersey. The legislation is identical to a bill already introduced in the Assembly by Mary Pat Angelini.

New legislation would explicitly ban adult incest in New Jersey.

Last month news outlets detailed reports that an 18-year-old woman was planning to marry her once-estranged biological father and move to New Jersey as it is one of the only states where there is no legal prohibition against adult incest.

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