New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District

Senator Michael Doherty

  • 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)

  • Governor Chris Christie and Senator Michael Doherty hold a press conference, announcing the creation of Education Funding Task Force to help root out fraud and abuse, while at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Monday, March 5, 2012. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

  • Governor Chris Christie and Senator Michael Doherty hold a press conference, announcing the creation of Education Funding Task Force to help root out fraud and abuse, while at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Monday, March 5, 2012. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

  • Governor Chris Christie and Senator Michael Doherty hold a press conference, announcing the creation of Education Funding Task Force to help root out fraud and abuse, while at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Monday, March 5, 2012. (Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen)

  • 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 Joe Kyrillos
Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty and Kyrillos Urge Assembly Action on Arbitration Cap

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senators Michael Doherty and Joe Kyrillos, who sponsor legislation capping arbitration awards at two percent, urged the Assembly to pass the current bipartisan cap extension legislation.

“Assembly Democrats’ refusal to extend the cap on arbitration awards has placed towns on the precipice of having to choose between raising property taxes to pay for limitless spikes in salaries or eliminating critical services,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We can’t let this ticking bomb explode, eliminating the historic bipartisan reforms made in the last four years to limit property tax growth.”

“Municipal officials have made it abundantly clear that without this means to control public employee contracts they lose the key tool to keeping costs in check and to stay within the current property tax cap,” said Kyrillos (R-Monmouth). “The Assembly must act now to extend the cap, or once again already overburdened taxpayers across the state will be on the losing end.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Mike Doherty

Asm. O’Scanlon & Sen. Doherty Join Mayor Kern to Announce End of Pohatcong’s Red-Light Camera Program

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty joined Mayor James Kern, III of Pohatcong to announce that the township will not be renewing its contract with red-light camera company American Traffic Solutions (“ATS”) when it expires in 2016.

“This is another crack in the armor of an industry that has proven itself to be one of double-speak and misdirection,” said O’Scanlon. “Mayor Kern joins a growing list of public officials who are seeing the light concerning the state’s failed red-light camera pilot program. It doesn’t take anything more than a cursory glance at the statistics to see that the cameras in Pohatcong aren’t doing anything more than robbing innocent drivers and, it appears, making roads less safe. As I’ve been saying for years now, red-light cameras do NOT improve safety, they are ONLY about revenue.”

“The simple fact is that red light cameras do not provide the safety benefits that vendors like ATS claim they do,” said Doherty. “We should commend local officials, like Mayor Kern in Pohatcong and Mayor Ducey in Brick, who refuse to defend the false safety arguments that some continue to employ to keep the cameras that fleece their residents. It is a positive sign that more towns are stepping up to defend their residents from the red light camera scam.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Urges Assembly Dems to Get to Work Immediately for Taxpayers

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senator Mike Doherty urged the New Jersey Assembly Democrats to return to Trenton and pass bipartisan legislation to extend the 2-percent property tax cap on local government employee raises before Tuesday’s expiration date.

“It is a travesty that Assembly Democrats ran from Trenton yesterday afternoon, with their public duty undone,” Doherty said. “By failing to pass this bill, they are leaving already overburdened taxpayers in communities all across New Jersey in a position to have to shoulder drastic property tax increases or cuts in service.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Mike Doherty

Media Advisory: O’Scanlon & Doherty to Join Pohatcong Mayor to Discuss Town’s Red Light Camera Program

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon and Senator Michael Doherty will join Mayor James Kern, III to discuss the future of Pohatcong’s red light camera program.

Who: Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, Senator Michael Doherty and Mayor James Kern, III

What: Press conference concerning the future of the red-light camera program in Pohatcong

When: Tuesday, April 1, 12:30PM – 1:30PM

Where: Pohatcong Municipal Building, 50 Municipal Drive, Phillipsburg, NJ

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Introduces Legislation to Prevent Courtroom Facility Disputes

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Following a multi-year dispute over who should pay to fix a Warren County courtroom that a judge has declared unconstitutional, Senator Michael Doherty (R- Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset) has introduced legislation (S-1901) to clarify the authority of county governing bodies to determine county court facility expenditures and the suitability of courtrooms.

“Warren County completed upgrades to the county courthouse at the request of court officials who reviewed and signed off on plans prior to construction,” said Doherty. “Warren County taxpayers, already on the hook for the $6 million renovation, shouldn’t have to pay a penny more because court officials changed their minds about what they wanted after construction was completed.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Advances Pennacchio, Doherty Measure to Study Rail Systems

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The Senate today again passed legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty to create a Passenger Rail Study Commission to determine how to best utilize existing rail infrastructure.

“We owe it to passengers and taxpayers to explore every option of creating a more streamlined, efficient and cost effective mass transportation system,” said Pennacchio (R-Morris, Passaic, Essex). “This legislation seeks to begin the process of easing duplicative costs and providing better rail transportation throughout the state for decades to come.”

“The study commission will make sure we’re getting the most out of the rail infrastructure we already have and hopefully identify efficiencies that will help to ease the burden on commuters and taxpayers,” added Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset). “Through consolidation, shared services or just better coordination on major projects, we can better avoid unnecessary costs being passed on to riders.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Passes Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway”

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The New Jersey Senate has approved legislation (S-650) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would designate 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.

“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 the Senate has chosen to recognize the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s service and sacrifice by passing legislation that names part of Rt. 173 in their honor.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Joe Pennacchio
Senator Mike Doherty

Senate Panel Again Advances Pennacchio, Doherty Measure to Study Rail Systems

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senators Urge Assembly Action

The Senate Transportation Committee on Monday advanced legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty to create a Passenger Rail Study Commission to determine how to best utilize existing rail infrastructure. The Senators’ legislation, SJR-14, was passed unanimously by the Senate in each of the last two sessions but died by state Assembly inaction.

“A thorough examination of the many rail systems throughout New Jersey to create a more streamlined, efficient and cost effective mass transportation system is long overdue,” said Pennacchio. “This study has overwhelming, bipartisan support in the Senate and is rightly being fast-tracked for approval yet again. I urge my colleagues in the Assembly to get on board and give this legislation the attention it deserves in order to ease out-of-control expenses levied on the backs of taxpayers and commuters.”

“All opportunities to cut costs through consolidations or mergers should be explored to assure commuters are receiving the best service possible and that taxpayers are being protected from duplicative costs and infrastructure projects,” added Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset). “Senate Republicans stand ready to work with the Senate President on our shared goal of achieving efficiencies through consolidation. However, to achieve true reform all cost-cutting solutions must be explored and the full legislature must come to the table.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 173 Between Clinton & Phillipsburg as ‘173rd Airborne Brigade Highway’ Passes Committee

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

The Senate Transportation Committee has approved legislation (S-650) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) that would designate 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.

“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 we honor the 173rd Airborne Brigade’s service and sacrifice by naming part of Rt. 173 in their honor, and I am glad that the Transportation Committee has chosen to advance this measure.”

Continue Reading…

Senator Gerald Cardinale
Senator Kevin O'Toole
Senator Mike Doherty

Cardinale, Doherty, O’Toole Named to ‘Senate Select Committee on Investigation’

Please Share:

Bookmark and Share

Senate Republicans Gerald Cardinale (Bergen), Michael Doherty (Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) and Kevin O’Toole (Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic) issued the following statement about their service on the seven-member “Senate Select Committee on Investigation,” which was initiated today by the full Senate:

“We thank Senate Republican Leader Kean, Senate President Sweeney and Chairwoman Weinberg for their confidence in us to serve the people on this committee in a rational and bipartisan fashion.

Continue Reading…

District 23 Guide

Michael Doherty

Mike's Bio & Public Service

Constituent Services

Mike Can Help You!

Contact Mike

Mike Wants to Hear from You!

Directions

Getting to Mike's Office

District 23

About the Legislative District

Email Updates

Sign Up for Mike's Newsletter

Facebook

Follow Mike's Page

Internships

Students - Get Involved

Legislative Activity

Committees, Bills & Votes

Twitter

Tweet @mikedohertynj

- Proudly Serving Parts of Hunterdon, Somerset and Warren Counties -