Warren Township has approved a resolution in support of Senator Michael Doherty’s legislation to ban the use of red light cameras in New Jersey. Members of the township’s committee unanimously approved the resolution in support of Doherty’s legislation, S-1952, which would prevent new towns from adding red light cameras and shut down cameras in towns that already use them.
“While some towns are enamored with the idea that they can use red light cameras to turn their residents into cash cows, it’s clear that others like Warren Township are willing to take a stand for what is right,” said Doherty. “Citizens across New Jersey should demand that their local elected officials follow the lead of Warren Township and say ‘no’ to red light cameras.”
Senate Again Passes Pennacchio, Doherty Measure to Study Rail Systems; Senators Urge Assembly Action
The New Jersey Senate passed Monday legislation sponsored by Senators Joe Pennacchio and Mike Doherty to create a Passenger Rail Study Commission in response to a recent Office of Legislative Services report that there are no efforts to regionalize rail lines. This volunteer commission will determine how to best utilize existing rail infrastructure.
“All rail systems should be evaluated to assure they operate in the best interest of taxpayers and commuters,” said Pennacchio, R-Morris, Passaic, Essex. “We must dedicate this commission to examine all cost-cutting solutions with our neighboring states, from consolidations to mergers, especially as two new trans-Hudson River crossing plans are being discussed by operators in New Jersey and New York.”
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) responded with dismay to published reports that prosecutions are unlikely following a criminal investigation into the collapse of MF Global and the disappearance of as much as $1.6 billion of customer funds.
“This is the first time in history that segregated funds held in customer accounts were raided by a financial firm to cover the firm’s losses,” said Doherty. “It’s almost unthinkable that the mega-rich executives at MF Global could loot the accounts of farmers and middle-class Americans and be allowed to get away with it.”
Senator Michael J. Doherty (R- Warren/Hunterdon/Somerset) issued the following statement on the Legislature’s approval of SCR-110, affirming the authority of lawmakers to require members of the judiciary to contribute for the cost of their retirement and healthcare benefits:
The recent ruling handed down by the Supreme Court establishing judges as a special, economically protected class of public workers and impervious to the rising costs of their retirement and medical care was wrong.
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement in response to reports that red light cameras that had previously been suspended pending the completion of timing studies have been recertified for use:
“I continue to believe that the red light camera program is misguided and will push forward with legislation to ban the use of red light cameras in New Jersey.
“The certification of the 63 red light cameras in question does nothing to address the propriety of the program as a whole.
Urges DRJTBC to Cancel Plan to Replace Safe, Free I-95 Bridge with New Tolled Bridge
The Township of Kingwood in Hunterdon County is the latest local government to join Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) in opposition to a plan to replace the safe and free I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River with a new tolled bridge that would cost an estimated $330 million. Doherty, a long-time critic of wasteful spending practices at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, has called for local officials to examine and express their opposition to the unnecessary bridge replacement plan proposed by the bi-state agency.
“The residents of Kingwood should be proud to know that their local government is standing up for them and opposing the imposition of unnecessary tolls and toll increases that would result from the Scudder Falls Bridge project,” said Doherty. “As more local governments stand up and express their disapproval, leaders in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania will be forced to scrutinize the Scudder Falls Bridge project and ask the DRJTBC to justify this seemingly indefensible plan.”
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) said that although a decision to temporarily suspend the issuance of tickets at 63 of 85 red light cameras in New Jersey is a good start, a permanent ban on all cameras is still needed.
“We’ve heard complaints from motorists that some yellow lights aren’t timed correctly or may actually have been shortened at intersections where red light cameras are installed,” said Doherty. “This is especially concerning since the statute permitting the use of red light cameras requires speed studies at intersections prior to camera installation to properly set the yellow light cycle according to a very specific calculation. The action by the New Jersey Department of Transportation to suspend enforcement at many intersections is recognition that those required studies were never completed as required by law.”
DRJTBC Plan Would Replace Safe, Free I-95 Bridge with New $330 Million Tolled Bridge
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) is pleased to announce that Hunterdon County has joined him in opposition to a plan to replace the safe and free I-95 Scudder Falls Bridge over the Delaware River with a new tolled bridge that would cost an estimated $330 million. Doherty has been a long-time critic of wasteful spending practices at the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission, the agency which operates the crossing, and had recently called for local officials to oppose the unnecessary bridge plan.
“I am glad that the Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders has taken the time to review the Scudder Falls Bridge Project, and I’m not surprised that they arrived at the same conclusion that I did,” said Doherty. “Elected officials on both sides of the Delaware River should be concerned that free crossings that their constituents depend upon will be tolled unnecessarily, and that tolls at all crossings will likely need to increase to pay for this boondoggle of a project.”
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) responded to reports that the New Jersey State Police has acknowledged that excessive force was used against a mentally disabled man, James Bayliss, who was a passenger in a car that had been stopped by Troopers in 2009 while searching for burglary suspects. In audio recorded by a Trooper’s microphone, the driver of the stopped vehicle can be heard explaining Bayliss’s condition to Troopers prior to the incident.
“It appears that the driver did his best to make sure that Troopers were aware that Mr. Bayliss suffered from a mental disability as a result of a traumatic brain injury that could make his behavior seem strange,” said Doherty. “The dash camera video of James Bayliss being thrown to the ground, beaten and apparently rammed head first into a patrol car by State Troopers would be disturbing even if his condition had not just been explained.”
Video: Sen. Doherty Opposes Replacement of Safe, Free Scudder Falls I-95 Bridge with New Tolled Bridge
Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) held a State House press conference on Thursday, May 17 to express his opposition to the replacement and tolling of the Scudder Falls bridge, which carries Interstate 95 traffic over the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.