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.

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Bill to Let Kids Run Lemonade Stands, Other Temporary Businesses Without Permits Signed into Law

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Michael Doherty that would allow children to run temporary businesses such as lemonade stands without municipal permits was signed into law yesterday by Governor Murphy.

Sen. Michael Doherty’s legislation allowing children to run temporary businesses such as lemonade stands without municipal permits was signed into law by Governor Murphy. (©iStock)

“There’s an endless stream of stories from around the nation about children being harassed by local officials for running lemonade stands without permits,” said Doherty (R-23). “Instead of providing space for kids to learn about entrepreneurship, they’re being taught harsh lessons about the heavy hand of government by overzealous bureaucrats. This legislation, now law, makes clear that New Jersey’s children have the right to run a lemonade stand from their driveway or mow a neighbor’s lawn for a few bucks without a municipal license or permit.”

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Doherty: Concerned Parents Led National Backlash Against Democrats’ Overreach in Schools

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Senator Michael Doherty said parents pushed back hard in yesterday’s elections against Democrats who have repeatedly imposed controversial pandemic policies and curriculum changes over their vocal concerns.

Sen. Michael Doherty said parents pushed back hard in yesterday’s elections against Democrats who have repeatedly imposed controversial pandemic policies and curriculum changes over their vocal concerns. (©iStock)

“Outraged parents sent Democrats a message yesterday that they won’t be ignored,” said Doherty (R-23). “I truly hope this marks the beginning of the end of the uncontested liberal takeover of education in many places.”

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Doherty: Biden Plan to Pay Illegal Immigrants $450k Is Ridiculous, Even for Democrats

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Senator Michael Doherty blasted a reported plan by the Biden administration to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 if they were detained and separated from family members after entering the United States illegally.

Sen. Michael Doherty blasted a reported plan by the Biden administration to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 if they were detained and separated from family members after entering the United States illegally. (Wikimedia Commons)

“These massive payments would create a new incentive for millions of families to try to cross the border illegally,” said Doherty (R-23). “Either they’ll get in or they’ll get rich trying at our expense. It’s an utterly ridiculous plan, even by Democrat standards.”

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Doherty Chides Murphy for Massive Payouts to Lawbreakers

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Says State has Other Needs for the Money that Would Benefit All New Jerseyans

Senator Michael Doherty blasted the Murphy Administration for a program being rolled out today that will give tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds to illegal immigrants in the state.

Senator Michael Doherty blasted the Murphy Administration for a program being rolled out today that will give tens of millions of dollars of taxpayer funds to illegal immigrants in the state. (Wikimedia Commons)

The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund is a $40 million program that will disburse money by the thousands to “undocumented individuals, residents re-entering from the justice system, and any other individuals otherwise excluded” from federal pandemic relief payments, according to a web page operated by the Office of New Americans under the NJ Department of Human Services.

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Doherty: Murphy’s Vaccine Mandate Intentions are Clear

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Governor Murphy has publicly insisted he had no immediate plans to invoke more restrictive COVID mandates similar to what New York City Major Bill de Blasio has done, but Senator Mike Doherty isn’t buying it.

Sen. Mike Doherty warns that New Jersey residents should not be surprised if Gov. Murphy mandates vaccines in early November. (SenateNJ.com)

“Nobody should be shocked if the Governor implements DeBlasio-style vaccine and vaccine passport mandates two days after the election,” said Doherty (R-23). “He’s not honest enough to tell New Jerseyans the truth, but that’s exactly what he wants to do. Murphy regards state residents as rubes that he can easily fool.”

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Doherty: Murphy’s Mask Mandate for 2-Year-Olds Is Child Abuse

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Senator Michael Doherty said Governor Phil Murphy’s new executive order forcing two-year-olds to wear masks at day care is nothing less than child abuse.

Sen. Michael Doherty said Gov. Phil Murphy’s new executive order forcing two-year-olds to wear masks at day care is nothing less than child abuse. (©iStock)

We held a hearing this summer where medical researchers and health care professionals told us of the emotional and physical harm that comes from masking school-age children,” said Doherty (R-23). “That level of harm that we heard in graphic detail would only be multiplied for toddlers that have even less ability to understand why they’re being forced to wear masks they won’t want to wear.”

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Doherty, DiMaio & Peterson Call for Independent Review of Bound Brook Flooding Incident

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NJ Transit Train Blocked Floodgates from Closing During Hurricane Ida

Senator Michael Doherty, Assemblyman John DiMaio, and Assemblyman Erik Peterson (all R-23) will introduce legislation requiring an independent investigation of the flooding of Bound Brook that occurred after a disabled New Jersey Transit train blocked the town’s protective floodgates from closing during Hurricane Ida.

This photo from NJ.com shows NJ Transit Train #5450 blocking one of Bound Brook’s floodgates from closing completely leading to flooding within the town from the remnants of Hurricane Ida. (Photo Credit: Andrew Mills | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

“It’s extremely concerning that the $300 million floodgate system that was put in place to protect Bound Brook from flooding was defeated by a disabled NJ Transit train that shouldn’t have been running,” said Doherty. “We need a transparent, independent review of this incident to understand what processes failed during Ida to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

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Doherty: Murphy Silent on PCR Testing Concerns While Questionable Results Driving New Mask Orders

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Senator Michael Doherty said Governor Phil Murphy still refuses to answer legitimate questions about COVID-19 testing even as concerns linger that overly sensitive PCR tests are driving bad policy decisions, including the re-masking of K-12 school students.

Sen. Michael Doherty said Gov. Phil Murphy still refuses to answer legitimate questions about COVID-19 testing even as concerns linger that overly sensitive PCR tests are driving bad policy decisions, including the re-masking of K-12 school students. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy still won’t respond to serious concerns about COVID testing procedures even as he uses the potentially flawed results to justify major policy decisions on masks and vaccines that limit our freedoms,” said Doherty (R-23). “If he has nothing to hide, why won’t he answer the most basic questions about PCR testing that we’ve been asking since last year?”

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Doherty Blasts Murphy’s Plan to Issue New Mask Requirement for School Kids

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Senator Michael Doherty blasted Governor Phil Murphy’s plan to issue a new mask requirement for all children attending K-12 schools in New Jersey.

Sen. Michael Doherty blasted Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to issue a new mask requirement for all children attending K-12 schools in New Jersey. (Pixabay)

“Governor Murphy seems oblivious to the fact that children have a 99.97% survival rate for COVID-19 and few develop symptomatic let alone serious infections,” said Doherty (R-23). “Given the minimal risk, it’s clear the governor’s new mask mandate has little to do with public health and much to do with politics. Maybe if it wasn’t an election year, Governor Murphy would give parents the same consideration he’s giving to the teachers’ union.”

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Doherty: Don’t Be Shocked If Murphy Uses Delta Variant, Opaque Testing Procedures to Justify Another Shutdown

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Senator Michael Doherty said New Jerseyans should not be shocked if Governor Phil Murphy uses the Delta variant and overly sensitive PCR tests as an excuse to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates.

Sen. Michael Doherty said New Jerseyans shouldn’t be shocked if Gov. Phil Murphy uses the Delta variant and overly sensitive tests as an excuse to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions and mask mandates. (Pixabay)

“The Murphy administration continues to engage in a massive display of fear-mongering over the Delta variant,” said Doherty (R-23). “Nobody should be shocked if the Murphy administration uses it as an excuse to lockdown New Jersey again and reimpose all of the COVID restrictions and mask mandates we fought to have lifted.”

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