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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: Christie Right to Fight Feds on FTA Money

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Senator Michael Doherty, a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding news that Governor Christie has retained outside counsel to fight the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) unreasonable demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay for its failed project:

“I am deeply disturbed by the FTA’s unreasonable, capricious and arbitrary demand that New Jersey taxpayers pay it for a project doomed to fail. The FTA set in motion a chain of events that inevitably led to the correct decision by Governor Christie to stop throwing good money after bad.

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Doherty Drafting New Legislation to Rein In TSA Abuses

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Legislation to Be Introduced at December 6 Session of the Senate

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement regarding legislation he is drafting to curb the abuses of civil liberties by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):

“I am of the belief that our society is founded upon our ability to exercise our individual civil liberties freely, and I stand ready and willing to defend those liberties when they are threatened. It is with great sadness that I have come to recognize that one of our greatest threats has been presented by officials of the TSA¬†who have begun to implement intrusive searches of law abiding Americans who are traveling within our borders,” Doherty stated.

“In response to the attitudes and actions of the TSA and top Obama Administration officials, I am drafting new legislation that will make it perfectly clear that in New Jersey, our constitutionally granted civil liberties are treasured and will be protected. I am calling upon my colleagues in the Legislature to step up and co-sponsor legislation that will protect the rights of citizens in New Jersey,” Doherty continued.

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Doherty/Allen Toolkit Bill Passes Senate

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Bill Allows Tax Refunds to Be Credited Against Property Tax Debt

Legislation sponsored by Senators Michael Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon) and Diane Allen (R-Burlington, Camden) that would allow state income tax refunds to be credited against property tax debts passed the Senate today with broad bipartisan support.

“This bill is an integral part of Governor Christie’s toolkit that will give local officials the methods they need to keep property taxes under the two percent cap that was implemented in July,” Doherty began. “It is important that all of these bills are passed before the cap takes effect January 1, 2011 in order to avoid catastrophic layoffs or cuts in vital services.”

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Sen. Doherty Launches Online Petition to Stop Invasive TSA Screening

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Sign the Petition at http://www.stopthetsa.org

New Jersey Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) has launched an online petition to support his efforts to put an end to invasive airport screening practices that have been implemented by the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Doherty is the prime sponsor of a pair of Senate resolutions that urge Congress and the TSA to end the use of enhanced pat downs and advanced imaging scanners that allow TSA agents to see through travelers’ clothing.

“Travelers shouldn’t have to submit to potentially dangerous scans that allow strangers to view them naked, nor should they have to submit to invasive groping by government agents, just to get on a plane,” said Doherty. “Despite the massive public outcry against these invasive screening procedures, it’s seems that politicians and bureaucrats in Washington still don’t get it. That’s why we’ve launched our petition, to make sure that Americans concerned about losing their rights have an opportunity to be heard.”

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Sen. Doherty on Freedom Watch Talking About Invasive TSA Screening

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) recently appeared on Freedom Watch with Judge Andrew Napolitano to talk about his efforts to stop invasive screening practices that are now conducted in airports by the Transporation Security Administration (TSA).

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Sens. Doherty, Beach Introduce Resolution Calling on Congress to Reconsider TSA Screening Procedures

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Senator Michael J. Doherty (R- Hunterdon, Warren) and Senator James Beach (D- Camden) announced they will present resolutions to the Senate and Assembly calling on the U.S. Congress to end TSA screening procedures requiring full body scans and pat downs at U.S. airports Their action comes in response to widespread concerns over privacy and radiation, as well as reports of inappropriate conduct by TSA agents during the screening process.

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“The pursuit of security should not force Americans to surrender their civil liberties or basic human dignity at a TSA checkpoint,” said Doherty. “Subjecting law-abiding American citizens to naked body scans and full body pat downs is intolerable, humiliating, vulnerable to abuse, and is fast becoming a disincentive to travel. Particularly concerning to us is the fact that physical searches result in children being touched in private areas of the body. Terrorists hate America because of the freedoms upon which this great nation was built. By implementing these screening measures, the TSA has already handed a victory to those who seek to destroy our freedoms.”

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Media Advisory: Sen. Doherty, Colleagues to Discuss Opposition to New TSA Screening Procedures

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New Jersey State Legislators, including Senator Michael J. Doherty (23rd District), Senator Diane Allen (7th District), Assemblywoman Alison McHose (24th District), Assemblyman John DiMaio (23rd District), Assemblyman Erik Peterson (23rd District), Assemblywoman Valerie Vanieri Huttle (37th District) and Deborah Jacobs, Executive Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, will hold a press conference at the New Jersey State House on Monday, November 15, 2010, to discuss their opposition to the new Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) screening procedures at United States’ airports and the nationwide reports of passenger abuse.

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Sen. Doherty Decries Lautenberg Investigation into ARC Tunnel Cancellation

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State Senator Michael J. Doherty (R- Warren, Hunterdon) issued the following statement condemning U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s politically motivated investigation into Governor Christie’s cancellation of the ARC Tunnel project:

“Senator Lautenberg’s so-called investigation is a partisan charade and an embarrassment to himself and the people of New Jersey,” said Senator Doherty. “Senator Lautenberg couldn’t deliver a funding arrangement for the ARC tunnel project that was fair to the taxpayers of this state and is now seeking to shift the blame for his failure. Governor Christie did the right thing in cancelling this project.

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Doherty: Implementing Toolkit Is Job 1

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Keystone of Toolkit Will Save Public Safety Workers’ Jobs

Senator Michael Doherty (R-Warren/Hunterdon), a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding a hearing on the implementation of S-2310, legislation that would adopt needed reforms in collective bargaining procedures involving municipalities:

“At the beginning of July, the Legislature passed an historic two percent cap on property tax increases at all levels of government in New Jersey. At last, after decades of half-measures and false starts, relief from the State’s highest-in-the-nation property taxes is finally on the way.

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Doherty: Governor Understands We Cannot Spend Money We Do Not Have

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Senator Mike Doherty (R-Warren/Hunterdon) issued the following statement today after Governor Chris Christie’s announcement that construction on the Hudson River Rail Tunnel would be terminated:

“Governor Christie made the right decision today by stopping construction of the new Hudson River Rail Tunnel. Our Governor understands we cannot spend money we do not have and New Jersey must start living within its means.

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