New Jersey's 23rd Legislative District

Senator Michael Doherty

  • Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) speaking at a New Jersey State House press conference on S-2026, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” on December 5, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Mike Doherty (right) and Asm. John DiMaio (left) at the dedication of the new Phillipsburg High School on September 21, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Michael Doherty participated in a ceremony naming a portion of Route 173 as the “173rd Airborne Brigade Highway” on August 14, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Mike Doherty at a roadside rally in Bridgewater on June 22, 2016 opposing a gas tax increase with Assemblyman John DiMaio, Assemblyman Erik Peterson, Americans for Prosperity-New Jersey, and concerned residents. (Facebook)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Mike Doherty held a press conference to oppose a gas tax increase proposal at the New Jersey State House on June 15, 2016. (Full Story)

  • Sen. Jennifer Beck and Sen. Michael Doherty presented transportation and pension system alternatives to Democrats’ gas tax and income tax hike proposals at a State House press conference on Dec. 14, 2015. (Full Story)

  • 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.

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Doherty, DiMaio & Peterson: We Need COVID-19 Federal Funding for Warren and Hunterdon Counties

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Senator Michael Doherty and Assemblymen John DiMaio and Erik Peterson (all R-23) released the following joint statement after learning that both Warren and Hunterdon counties received no federal funding from the ”Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act” (CARES Act).

Doherty, DiMaio & Peterson released the following statement after both Warren and Hunderton counties received no federal funding from the CARES Act. (CDC)

“Nearly 400 of our constituents have tested positive for COVID-19. No New Jersey community has been immune from the wrath of this epidemic, so why didn’t Warren and Hunterdon counties receive funding to help combat this crisis? We are calling for federal discretionary funds to be used to help slow the spread in Northwest New Jersey.

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Doherty Commends Robotics Club for Commitment to Build 10,000 PPE Face Shields

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Collaborative Effort Between Warren Hills Regional HS, Special Technical Services, and Mt. Olive HS

Senator Michael Doherty praised the Warren Hills Robotics Association (WHRA) for their efforts to raise $20,000 to assemble 10,000 face shields for first responders.

Sen. Michael Doherty praised the Warren Hills Robotics Association for their efforts to raise $20,000 to assemble 10,000 face shields for first responders. (CDC)

“In this tumultuous time, ordinary people are stepping up to the plate to do extraordinary things,” said Doherty (R-23). “We need all hands on deck to beat this virus.

“WHRA’s proactive approach will help keep our medical personnel safe from COVID-19. To all donating and participating – thank you for your lifesaving endeavors.”

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Doherty Calls for Murphy to Allow Gun Shops to Reopen

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Senator Mike Doherty joined the growing chorus of legislators who are calling for Governor Phil Murphy to reopen gun shops that were closed by executive order.

Sen. Mike Doherty joined the growing chorus of legislators who are calling for Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen gun shops that were closed by executive order. (Flickr)

“In many rural areas that have no local police, people can wait an hour or longer for the State Police to respond to a call for help even in the best of times,” said Doherty (R-23). “What’s going to happen when more police departments, including the State Police, start experiencing real staffing issues due to the coronavirus? In an emergency, families in some of our communities might have to wait hours for a response, which is just too long. Governor Murphy should follow the lead of Governor Wolf in Pennsylvania and allow New Jersey’s gun stores to reopen. His personal dislike of firearms does not diminish the 2nd Amendment rights of New Jerseyans during this crisis.”

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Senate Approves Doherty Proposal for Digital Improvements to Homestead Reimbursement Process

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Senator Mike Doherty sponsors legislation, approved today by the Senate that would study the feasibility of a centralized database for verification of property taxes paid.

Sen. Mike Doherty sponsors legislation to streamline the process for eligible claimants to apply for homestead property tax reimbursements with the creation of a database to verify the payment of property taxes. (SenateNJ.com)

Doherty’s bill, A1044/S1441, could streamline the process for eligible claimants seeking homestead property tax reimbursement.

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Doherty: We Shouldn’t Reward Illegal Immigrants With Driver’s Licenses

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Says New Jersey Has Reached the Brink of Insanity

Senator Michael Doherty criticized the legislative effort by New Jersey Democrats to hand out driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

Sen. Michael Doherty criticized the legislative effort by New Jersey Democrats to hand out driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. (SenateNJ.com)

“The United States of America is a nation of laws, and we cannot pick and choose which laws we want to follow,” said Doherty (R-23). “We shouldn’t let people who are breaking our laws obtain New Jersey driver’s licenses.

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Doherty: Big Government Should Not Mandate Vaccinations that Conflict with Religious Beliefs

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In response to the outcry against legislation that would eliminate religious exemptions for vaccinations, Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) made the following statement:

Sen. Mike Doherty made the following statement in response to legislation that would eliminate religious exemptions for vaccinations. (SenateNJ.com)

“My District Office phone has been ringing off the hook with parents concerned that their children will be forced to receive needle injections that violate their religious beliefs. This is big, obtrusive government at its worst.

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Editorial: We Must Make N.J. Affordable or More People Will Leave, Lawmaker Says

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The following editorial by Senator Mike Doherty was published by NJ.com on November 8, 2019:

Elected public officials have a responsibility to deliver essential public services at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers. Too often, however, we see officials at all levels of government resigned to the notion that New Jersey will always be a high-cost place. They accept as fact that it’s impossible to fix our roads or build new schools without levying the highest taxes in the nation.

In this NJ.com editorial, Sen. Mike Doherty says lawmakers must demonstrate the same initiative in trying to cut excessive taxes that our former residents have shown in trying to escape them. (©iStock.com)

To that point, Governor Murphy seems content to promote New Jersey as a “good value for money,” rather than make an actual effort to cut costs. He recently told business leaders that if taxes are a primary concern, New Jersey is “probably not your state.”

That’s a mind-boggling statement considering New Jersey leads the nation in the out-migration of residents, according to a study conducted by United Van Lines. People are listening to the defeatist attitudes of leaders like Murphy and are lining up to leave.

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Doherty Moves to Control Nuisance Gnats on the Delaware River

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Senator Mike Doherty introduced legislation today to ensure the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) annually budgets for black fly suppression on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River.

Sen. Mike Doherty introduced legislation to ensure the NJDEP annually budgets for black fly suppression on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. (SenateNJ.com)

“Black flies are a terrible nuisance that plague the health and well-being of Hunterdon County residents, visitors, and small businesses alike,” said Doherty (R-23). “The State must step up and pay to spray the New Jersey side of the Delaware River to suppress the gnat population. Fighting back against black flies will improve the quality of life for Hunterdon County residents, and boost shopping and dining tourism along the scenic Delaware.”

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Bucco/Doherty Bill to Teach High Schoolers About Safe Haven Act Is Now Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Anthony Bucco and Senator Michael Doherty to ensure that all high school students are taught about the “New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act” has been signed into law.

Legislation sponsored by Sen. Anthony Bucco and Sen. Michael Doherty to ensure that all high school students are taught about the ‘New Jersey Safe Haven Protection Act’ has been signed into law. (NJSafeHaven.org)

“Since its enactment, New Jersey’s Safe Haven Act has saved the lives of seventy-two infants,” said Bucco. “Think of how many more innocent newborns will be positively impacted by increasing awareness of this program amongst our teens. Through this new law, we can help prevent more cases of illegal abandonment and give unwilling parents the opportunity to surrender a child lawfully, anonymously, and safely.”

“We’ve seen the horror stories in the news where a distressed teenage parent unsafely abandons their newborn, sometimes leading to the baby’s death,” said Doherty. “We have the tools to prevent those terrible outcomes through a program that has already proven to work. Further expanding education about Safe Havens can save a helpless baby from desertion and give a loving family the child they always wanted. I am pleased that all New Jersey high school students will be taught about this lifesaving program.”

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Doherty: Medical Study Shows Consuming Fluoridated Water During Pregnancy Causes Low IQ in Children

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In response to a new medical study indicating that fluoride consumed by expecting mothers may lower their children’s IQ, Senator Michael Doherty warned of the dangers of exposing pregnant women to fluoride, which is often found in drinking water.

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In response to a new medical study, Sen. Michael Doherty warned of the dangers of exposing pregnant women to fluoride, which is often found in drinking water. (Flickr)

Pediatrician Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, who is the editor-in-chief of JAMA Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed medical journal that published the study, was shocked and hesitant to release his findings, fearing public backlash. But he has stated that the impact of prenatal fluoride exposure is comparable to the impact of lead.

“Everyone, especially pregnant mothers, should have the right to clean, healthy water,” said Doherty (R-Warren, Hunterdon, Somerset). “This medical research indicates that the future intelligence of unborn children is at risk if a pregnant women consume fluoride commonly found in drinking water. Similar to avoiding sushi and alcohol, we should caution mothers-to-be to limit their fluoride exposure to promote the health and well-being of their developing child.”

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