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Senator Michael Doherty

Senator Mike Doherty

Doherty: The President of the United States Isn’t Coronated by Desperate Media Elite

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing effort to count all of the legal votes in the presidential election:

Statement from Sen. Michael Doherty regarding the ongoing effort to count all of the legal votes in the presidential election. (©iStock)

“I share President Trump’s belief that our democracy demands that every legal vote, and only legal votes, be counted.

“While the media elite may be desperate to coronate Joe Biden as President, thankfully that is not how our democratic system of government works.

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Doherty/Sweeney Bill Allowing Counties to Share Tax Administrators Advances

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The Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee advanced bipartisan legislation 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)

“Forcing every county in New Jersey to have its own tax administrator has undoubtedly contributed to our property tax crisis,” Senator Doherty (R-23) said. “By removing this outdated provision in State law, we can increase government efficiency, save taxpayers money, and broaden the knowledge and perspectives these professionals bring to the table.”

“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: Residents Don’t Trust Vote-by-Mail Election

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Only 17 days remain until the presidential election, and public concern over Governor Phil Murphy’s vote-by-mail mandate continues to grow.

Senator Doherty said voters are increasingly losing trust in the vote-by-mail general election and said if people can wait in lines at stores, they should be able to safely vote in person. (Wikimedia)

This week, New Jersey State Senator Michael J. Doherty (R-23) was contacted by a constituent who received three different ballots for three different versions of her name.  The constituent received the three ballots, all allowing her to vote in New Jersey, even though she has been registered to vote in Pennsylvania for the last two years.  The constituent also received a New Jersey ballot for her mother, who died seven years ago and was registered to vote in Pennsylvania at the time of her death.

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Remarks by Senator Doherty at Hunterdon County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) delivered the following remarks at the Hunterdon County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Flemington this morning:

On September 11, 2001, 2,977 men and women were killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Sen. Michael Doherty spoke at the Hunterdon County 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Flemington on the morning of September 11, 2020. (SenateNJ.com)

Of the dead, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the scene. These included:

343 firefighters of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department.

23 police officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services.

1 patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol.

In the 20 years that followed, hundreds of emergency workers have died of 9/11 related illnesses.

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Doherty to Murphy: Don’t Cut Student Counseling Funding During Pandemic

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Senator Signs on to Bipartisan Resolution to Restore School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP)

In response to Governor Phil Murphy’s push to cut school mental health programs by $14 million, Senator Michael Doherty is calling for these funds to be restored as soon as possible.

Doherty recently signed on as a co-sponsor to a bipartisan budget resolution to reestablish aid for the School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP).

In response to Gov. Murphy’s push to cut school mental health programs by $14 million, Sen. Michael Doherty is calling for these funds to be restored as soon as possible. (Pixabay)

“In the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis that is impacting the psychological health of New Jerseyans both young and old, it is cruel to cut funding for our student’s mental health services,” said Doherty (R-23). “This rollercoaster ride of a year and the uncertainty of the future is making many, particularly students, apprehensive and anxious. I am proud to stand with both my republican and democrat colleagues in the New Jersey Legislature and demand this mental health funding be restored immediately.”

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Doherty: Major Changes to Scope of Election Must Be Adopted by Legislature

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Says Governor Doesn’t Have the Authority to Unilaterally Alter General Election by Executive Order

Senator Michael Doherty said the New Jersey Constitution doesn’t authorize Governor Phil Murphy to issue an Executive Order that unilaterally changes the manner in which voters will cast their ballots this November.

Sen. Mike Doherty said the N.J. Constitution doesn’t authorize Gov. Phil Murphy to issue an Executive Order that unilaterally changes the manner in which voters will cast their ballots this November. (SenateNJ.com)

Doherty pointed to Article II, Section I of the New Jersey Constitution, which says: “General elections shall be held annually on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November; but the time of holding such elections may be altered by law.”

“While our state constitution makes clear that the scope of elections can be altered by law, there is no provision for a governor to bypass the Legislature through executive order to change the way our elections are held,” said Doherty (R-23). “Yet that is exactly what Governor Murphy has sought to do through Executive Order 177 which directs the general election in November to be held almost exclusively by mail. A change as substantive as preventing voters in a presidential election from casting their ballots in person must be approved by the Legislature and accomplished by the enactment of a statute. If the Murphy administration can make the case that closing polling centers is warranted, they should have no problem selling that to a Democrat-controlled Legislature and getting this done the right way.”

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Doherty: Murphy Administration Must Address Staff Shortages to Reopen Voorhees and Fort Mott State Parks

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Senator Michael Doherty called for the reopening of Voorhees State Park in Hunterdon County and Fort Mott State Park in Salem County in response to an announcement that both parks will be closed until further notice due to staffing issues.

Sen. Michael Doherty called for the reopening of Voorhees State Park and Fort Mott State Park in response to an announcement that both parks will be closed until further notice due to staffing issues. (NJ Division of Parks & Forestry)

“There’s no better place to enjoy fresh air and sunshine while socially distancing than at New Jersey’s beautiful State parks,” said Doherty (R-23). “While the governor is encouraging residents to stay local and not travel far, and with few outlets to exercise while gyms remain closed by executive order, the loss of access to these two parks will negatively impact the health and well-being of New Jerseyans. During this unprecedented year of harsh restrictions, the Murphy Administration should make every effort to ensure that residents are able to utilize all of New Jersey’s outdoor recreational areas. It’s imperative that Governor Murphy find ways to fully staff and reopen these parks.”

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Doherty to Murphy: Where’s the Aid for Warren County?

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) stood on the steps of the Warren County Court House with local leaders, freeholders, and legislators to ask one simple question of Governor Phil Murphy – “Where’s the aid for Warren County?”

Sen. Michael Doherty stood on the steps of the Warren County Court House with local leaders, freeholders, and legislators to ask one question of Gov. Murphy – ‘Where’s the aid for Warren County?’ (SenateNJ.com)

Here is Sen. Doherty’s statement:

“All of us are here today because we are concerned about the people of Warren County. We’re suffering out here, Gov. Murphy, and we have local small businesses that are being killed. So many families are involved in these small businesses. People have their entire life and their entire fortunes on the line. Unfortunately, we have a governor who’s totally tone-deaf to the needs of working New Jerseyans.

“In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Congress and the President took decisive action and sent billions to the states. New Jersey received more than $2 billion. Instead of distributing that money how it was intended by Congress, and as emphasized in a letter that the congressional delegation all signed, Governor Murphy is squirreling away this money.

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Doherty: Murphy Sitting on Billions in CARES Act Funds, Giving Out Crumbs While Main St. Businesses Close Forever

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Senator Michael Doherty called on Governor Phil Murphy to start distributing in full the $2.1 billion of unspent CARES Act funds received by New Jersey to the small businesses, non-profit organizations, and local governments that it was intended to help.

Sen. Mke Doherty called on Gov. Phil Murphy to start distributing in full the $2.1 billion of unspent CARES Act funds received by New Jersey to the small businesses, non-profit organizations, and local governments that it was intended to help. (Pixabay)

“While Governor Murphy is sitting on more than $2 billion of federal relief funds, we have businesses across New Jersey that still haven’t gotten a penny of aid to help them survive the many impacts of COVID-19,” said Doherty (R-23). “He’s squirreling away billions for his own purposes while acting like the crumbs he’s doling out through his benevolence are going to save New Jersey. It’s beyond ludicrous. That money isn’t his, it’s a return on the surpluses New Jersey taxpayers send to Washington year after year. It was supposed to be disbursed quickly to help struggling employers and employees to survive this crisis. He still refuses to do that.”

According to a published report by NJ Spotlight, 97.7% of the CARES Act relief funds delivered to New Jersey remains unspent four months after receipt from the federal government.

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Doherty: Democrats $10 Billion in New Debt Runs Roughshod Over NJ Taxpayers and the Constitution

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Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) released the following statement in response to Governor Phil Murphy and legislative Democrats approving $10 billion in unconstitutional borrowing:

Sen. Michael Doherty released the following statement in response to Gov. Murphy and legislative Democrats approving $10 billion in unconstitutional borrowing. (Pixabay)

“I was proud to join with many of my colleagues in the legislature to vote against this risky and reckless borrowing scheme, which saddles New Jersey taxpayers with $10 billion in new debt, and tens of billions of dollars in future interest payments.

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