Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) is calling for an investigation by the state Attorney General into allegations that local officials in New Jersey were bribed by Redflex Traffic Systems to secure new contracts to install and operate red light camera systems.
The allegations were made by Aaron Rosenberg, a former executive vice president and nationwide lead salesman for Redflex, in a lawsuit against the company. Redflex is one of the two major vendors with red light camera systems in New Jersey.
“When a senior insider comes forward to say that red light camera companies are influencing local officials not with statistics proving safety benefits, but with gifts that are almost certainly illegal, we must take action,” said Doherty. “I call on the Attorney General to investigate the claims of Aaron Rosenberg that Redflex engaged in bribery in New Jersey to secure contracts for its red light camera systems.”
Doherty Legislation Designating Rt. 22 ‘Sergeant William John Cahir Memorial Bridge’ Signed into Law
Legislation (S-2236) sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) to name the Easton-Phillipsburg Toll Bridge on Route 22 in honor of fallen Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. William Cahir has been signed into law by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
“Many of us in the area knew of Bill Cahir from his service in Hunterdon and Warren counties in New Jersey and Lehigh and Northampton counties in Pennsylvania as a reporter for the Express-Times prior to his enlistment,” said Doherty. “It’s more than fitting that we designate the span linking our communities the ‘Sergeant William John Cahir Memorial Bridge’ in his honor.”
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.
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.”
Doherty: New Charges Against Six in Free School Lunch Scandal Reinforce Need for School Funding Reform
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.”
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.”
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.
“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.”
Doherty Votes Against Resolutions Promoting Establishment of State Obamacare Exchange, Urging Immigration Reform
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.”
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.”
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.
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.