New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District

Senator Michael Doherty

  • 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)

  • 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 Jennifer Beck
Senator Mike Doherty

Beck, Doherty Introduce Bill to Save Cats & Dogs from Death Sentences

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Senators Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) and Mike Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Somerset, Warren) introduced legislation to save cats and dogs no longer used for educational, research or scientific purposes from automatic death sentences.

Legislation by Senators Beck and Doherty would require that cats and dogs used for educational, research or scientific purposes be offered to animal rescue groups for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals. (Facebook/Beagle Freedom Project)

The Senators’ bill, S-2344, would require institutions of higher education and research facilities to offer cats and dogs to animal rescue organizations for adoption prior to euthanizing the animals.

“All cats and dogs should have every possible opportunity to be a part of a loving home, and rescued animals make for the best family members and companions,” Beck said. “Cats and dogs shouldn’t be sentenced to death at the end of an experiment or project. Their lives should be respected and cherished from beginning to end.”

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Doherty: New Charges Against Six in Free School Lunch Scandal Reinforce Need for School Funding Reform

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) said that new charges against six public employees announced by the state’s Acting Attorney General for fraud related to the free and reduced price school lunch program are yet another reminder that New Jersey’s convoluted school funding formula needs to be reformed to prevent future abuse.

“Just last year, we saw a number of individuals in Elizabeth charged for falsifying applications to get their children free school lunches that they didn’t deserve,” said Doherty. “With yet another round of charges recently announced, it’s time that the Legislature acknowledges that school lunch fraud is widespread and distorts the delivery of state school aid.”

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Doherty Praises Passage of New Arbitration Award Cap to Protect Property Taxpayers

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) praised the New Jersey Senate’s approval of new legislation, A-3424, capping the annual salary increases that may be awarded by arbitrators during contract disputes between public employers and their police and fire departments.

“Arbitration caps limiting salary increases are a critical element that make possible New Jersey’s two-percent property tax cap, which has succeeded in drastically lowering the rate of property tax increases in recent years,” said Doherty. “Without this agreement, we’d likely return to the massive annual property tax increases of the McGreevey and Corzine years.”

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Doherty Votes Against Nominees that Would Preserve Liberal Supreme Court at Taxpayer Expense

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) voted against the reconfirmation of New Jersey Supreme Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and the confirmation of Lee Solomon as a justice of the Supreme Court, saying their approval will only result in the maintenance of a liberal, left-leaning court.

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) speaking in opposition to the reconfirmation of New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner during a Senate session on June 19, 2014. (Full Size)

“It is the Supreme Court’s refusal to respect clear constitutional boundaries that has resulted in judicial decrees that have locked the state into a spiral of failure at taxpayer expense,” said Doherty. “The Senate’s approval of these nominees will only ensure the continuance of failed education funding and affordable housing policies that the court has mandated, and preserve a judicial culture that respects neither voters nor taxpayers.”

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Doherty Votes Against Resolutions Promoting Establishment of State Obamacare Exchange, Urging Immigration Reform

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) voted against Senate resolutions that urge Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform and establish a task force on health insurance exchange implementation during a session of the New Jersey Senate on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Doherty noted that since the resolutions were approved by acclimation, rather than through electronic or roll call voice voting, there are no individual records of members who opposed the resolutions and no way for constituents to know how their senator voted.

“I think it’s important that my constituents have the opportunity to know how I voted on some of the biggest issues facing our state and our country,” said Doherty. “The majority Democrats should have allowed us to record individual votes on resolutions related to Obamacare exchanges and immigration reform.”

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Senator Kip Bateman
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Senate Adopts Bateman, Doherty Bill Establishing Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force

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The Senate today voted to pass legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties.

“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”

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Doherty Statement on Camden Practice Facility for Sixers

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement regarding news of a plan to provide tax credits to the Philadelphia 76ers to build a practice facility in Camden:

“The Philadelphia 76ers basketball team will build a new $82 million practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. Today, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority unanimously approved an $82 million tax credit for the project. This means that the facility will essentially be a free gift from the hard-pressed taxpayers of New Jersey to Joshua Harris, the billionaire owner of the team.

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Doherty: Time to Increase Public Access to NJ Beaches & Eliminate Beach Tag Fees

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The following editorial by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) on legislation he has sponsored to increase public access to New Jersey beaches was published in the Asbury Park Press:

Free beaches: Everyone should be able to enjoy

Given the substantial public investment being made to rebuild our beaches following superstorm Sandy, now is the time for state policymakers to consider ways to improve beach access for all New Jersey residents.

I have proposed legislation, S-648, that would require towns that accept state or federal beach replenishment funds to provide free beach access, and to provide free public toilet facilities for beachgoers from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Senator Kip Bateman
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Committee Advances Bateman, Doherty Bill Establishing Hunterdon-Somerset Flood Advisory Task Force

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Legislation sponsored by Senators Christopher “Kip” Bateman and Michael Doherty establishing a task force to address flooding in Somerset and Hunterdon counties was advanced today by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

“Raritan River flooding has plagued homeowners and businesses in Somerset County for as long as I can remember,” said Bateman (R-Somerset, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex). “It’s time there be an in depth review to determine what can be done to mitigate this continuing problem that’s caused havoc for so many families decade after decade. By establishing a regional task force we can hopefully find comprehensive solutions to address the problems in this unique area.”

“Flooding along much of the Delaware and Raritan rivers has become a regular occurrence when heavy rains hit the region,” said Doherty (R-Hunterdon, Warren, Somerset). “We need to bring experts and stakeholders from throughout the area together to take a careful look at what can be done to provide long-term relief. Homeowners and businesses have been dealing with the same flooding problems for far too long.”

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Senator Joe Kyrillos
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Doherty, Kyrillos Urge Assembly Action on Arbitration Cap

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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.”

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