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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty Launches Online Petition to Allow Religious Services to Resume in New Jersey

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Says Outdoor Services Should Be Allowed with Reasonable Precautions

Senator Mike Doherty has launched an online petition urging Governor Phil Murphy to allow religious services to resume in New Jersey with reasonable precautions to protect the health and safety of congregants.

Sen. Mike Doherty launched an online petition urging Gov. Phil Murphy to allow religious services to resume in New Jersey with reasonable precautions. (Pixabay)

“When many of us could be at Sunday services today replenishing a much needed sense of hope in these uncertain times, we instead remain separated in our homes from the communities of faith that sustain us in good times and bad,” said Doherty (R-23). “Our new online petition will allow people of faith to share with Governor Murphy their belief that religion is an essential service and constitutionally protected right that should be allowed to resume immediately.”

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Doherty to Governor: Reverse HCQ Restrictions on Doctors

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As the coronavirus continues taking a devastating toll on New Jersey, Senator Michael Doherty called for the Murphy Administration to stop limiting doctors to using hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) only on patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Sen. Michael Doherty called on the Governor to save lives and reverse the state’s policy restricting the use of hydroxychloroquine to patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. (Wikimedia)

“To save lives now, the Governor must immediately reverse the state’s position restricting the drug’s use to patients who have tested positive,” said Doherty. “New Jersey’s inaction is costing lives and contributing to the overcrowding in our hospitals.

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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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