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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: End the Mask Mandate, Limit Emergency Powers of Murphy & Future Governors

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Senator Michael Doherty criticized Governor Phil Murphy’s refusal to follow the rest of the nation in lifting his unnecessary mask mandate along with a convoluted bill (A-5777) by legislative Democrats to end the public health emergency without actually limiting the governor’s emergency powers.

Sen. Michael Doherty criticized Gov. Phil Murphy’s refusal to follow the rest of the nation in lifting his unnecessary mask mandate along with a bill by Democrats to end the public health emergency without actually limiting the governor’s emergency powers. (New Jersey Office of the Governor/YouTube)

“It’s ridiculous that New Jerseyans are the last people in America subject to pointless mask mandates that King Murphy refuses to eliminate,” said Doherty (R-23). “The governor has been allowed to act like a king because legislative Democrats have refused any effort to hold him accountable for his lunacy. Their new bill rubberstamping his executive orders until 2022 looks more like Stockholm syndrome than true oversight by a supposedly co-equal branch of government. It’s sad, not just for Democrats, but for every New Jersey resident who will continue to suffer due to their lack of leadership.”

Doherty said Governor Murphy’s actions during the pandemic demonstrate the dangers of the sweeping authority that New Jersey’s laws grant to the state’s chief executive during times of emergency.

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Doherty: Murphy’s Unnecessary Gun Control Push Won’t Distract from His Pandemic Failures

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Says New Restrictions Would Put Rural Families at Risk

Senator Michael Doherty said a push for stricter gun laws is a weak attempt by Governor Phil Murphy to distract New Jerseyans from his many failures responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and would put rural residents at increased risk.

Sen. Mike Doherty said a push for stricter gun laws is a weak attempt by Gov. Phil Murphy to distract from his pandemic failures and will put rural New Jerseyans at increased risk. (Flickr)

“Governor Murphy’s push for more gun control is an effort to divert attention from all the damage he’s done to New Jersey over the past year,” said Doherty (R-23). “Unfortunately for the governor, he can’t escape his record of shutting down businesses unnecessarily, destroying two-million jobs, and mismanaging the unemployment system and MVC.”

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Doherty: New Law on Underage Marijuana & Alcohol Use Another Step by Democrats to Cut Parents Out of Parenting

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Says Keeping Parents in the Dark on Substance Abuse a Recipe for Disaster

Senator Michael Doherty said a new law prohibiting police from notifying parents of marijuana and alcohol use by children is another step by Democrats in their race to replace parents with government.

Sen. Michael Doherty said a new law prohibiting police from notifying parents of marijuana and alcohol use by children is another step by Democrats in their race to replace parents with government. (Pixabay)

“This latest law is another step by New Jersey Democrats to cut parents out of parenting,” said Doherty (R-23). “They’re already legislating liberal values into our public school curriculum in an attempt to supersede family values, and they’re working hard to eliminate the right of parents to make important medical decisions for their children. Now they’re saying parents don’t need to be notified when kids are caught using drugs or alcohol. This erosion of parental rights should frighten every single mom and dad in New Jersey.”

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Doherty & Cardinale Bill to Bolster Ranks of Volunteer Firefighters Clears Senate

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The Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty and Senator Gerald Cardinale that would allow more firefighters to qualify for membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association (NJSFA) and earn exempt firefighter certificates.

The Senate approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Mike Doherty and Sen. Gerald Cardinale that would allow more firefighters to qualify for membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association and earn exempt firefighter certificates. (Pixabay)

Firefighters could begin their time with the fire service at a later age under the bill, S-1634, which would increase the maximum eligibility age to benefit from membership from 45 to 57.

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Pennacchio & Doherty Cite Another Study Countering Murphy Edicts

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New Study Questions State Policy on Lockdowns

An extensive scientific study of close to 10 million people in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged, yielded encouraging news about the spread of the virus and undermined the case for preventative lockdowns. The study included scientific institutions in the U.K. and Australia, as well as China.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Mike Doherty cited an international scientific study that indicates COVID lockdowns are unnecessary. (Wikimedia Commons)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Mike Doherty today said the study contradicts many of the heavy-handed tactics utilized by the Murphy Administration during the pandemic.

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Pennacchio and Doherty Blast Administration’s Rudderless Pandemic Policy

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Cite Failure to Apply Science to Interpretation of PCR Covid Testing

The Governor continues contemplating potentially devastating mandates to contain the spread of the coronavirus amid growing confusion about the accuracy of the daily numbers released by the Department of Health and the reliability and interpretation of virus testing.

Sen. Joe Pennacchio and Sen. Mike Doherty expressed frustration with the Administration after their respective letters to the health commissioner and Governor expressing doubts about the analysis of the commonly used PCR test failed to yield a response. (Pixabay)

Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Mike Doherty today expressed their frustration with the Administration after their respective letters to the health commissioner and Governor expressing doubts about the analysis of the commonly used PCR test failed to yield a response.

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Panel Approves Doherty & Cardinale Firefighter Legislation

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Loosens Age Restrictions for Entering Fire Service

Firefighters could begin their time with the fire service at a later age under legislation advanced today by the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee and sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty and Senator Gerald Cardinale.

Sen. Mike Doherty and Sen. Gerald Cardinale sponsor legislation that would allow firefighters to begin their time with the fire service at a later age. (Pixabay)

The legislation, S-1634, would raise the maximum eligibility age for exempt fireman certificates and membership in the New Jersey State Firemen’s Association (NJSFA).

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Doherty Asks Governor to Update How Positive COVID-19 Tests Are Reported to Minimize Unnecessary Disruption to the Lives of New Jerseyans

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Says Studies Demonstrate How to Identify “Positive” Cases that Aren’t Infectious

Senator Michael Doherty sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Governor Phil Murphy today calling for the State to change the reporting requirements for positive COVID-19 tests to include information which may help determine whether a quarantine period is necessary for the person who has tested positive and their close contacts.

Sen. Michael Doherty urged Gov. Phil Murphy to change the State’s reporting requirements for positive COVID-19 tests to include information which may help determine whether a quarantine period is necessary for the person who has tested positive and their close contacts. (Pixabay)

“New Jerseyans have been subjected to Governor Murphy’s overbearing restrictions and quarantine orders that we were told not to question because the science was ‘undisputed,'” said Doherty (R-23). “There is a growing body of research from respected institutions, however, that clearly demonstrates that many people who test positive are not actually infectious. Further, they’ve shown how it’s possible to identify which positive results can be safely ignored without causing an unnecessary disruption to people’s lives. If Governor Murphy truly believes in the science and wants to do what’s right for New Jersey, he should do what Florida just did and update how positive COVID-19 results are reported.”

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Senate Passes Doherty/Sweeney Bill Allowing Counties to Share Tax Administrators

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The New Jersey Senate passed bipartisan legislation today sponsored by Senator Mike Doherty and Senate President Steve Sweeney that would increase government efficiency and lower the cost to taxpayers by allowing counties to share tax administrators.

Sens. Mike Doherty and Steve Sweeney’s bipartisan bill would increase government efficiency and lower the cost to taxpayers, by allowing counties to share tax administrators. (SenateNJ.com)

“Inefficiencies at the county level are costing taxpayers their hard earned dollars,” Senator Doherty (R-23) said. “We must seize every opportunity to encourage local governments to share services and bring these costs down. Allowing counties to share a tax administrator is a great start, and I look forward to seeing our communities reap the rewards of this commonsense change.”

“This will encourage government efficiency through shared services,” said Senator Sweeney. “It can produce cost savings for county government and the taxpayers. Sharing a tax administrator will also improve efficiency by giving counties better access to information, allowing officials to gain a broader perspective of the tax policies. This is a way of making government services more effective and less costly.”

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Doherty: Democrats Already Fighting Over Marijuana Tax Dollars

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Leading Dems Staking Claims in Effort to Direct “All Revenues” from Legal Marijuana Back to Their Own Districts

Senator Mike Doherty (R-23) warned that infighting among Democrats about the taxation of marijuana and how to spend any resulting revenues makes it clear that most New Jerseyans will not see any of the fiscal benefits that were promised as a result of legalization:

Sen. Mike Doherty warned that infighting among Democrats about how to spend marijuana tax revenues makes it clear that most New Jerseyans will not see any of the fiscal benefits or tax relief that was promised as a result of legalization. (Wikimedia Commons)

“While Democrats promised New Jerseyans that tax revenues from legal marijuana would be a panacea for our State budget woes, they’re already fighting over the money and how much they’ll each get for their own districts.

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