Sen Michael Doherty: Gas Tax Sunk NJ Assembly Republicans

In an email to his Republican colleagues in the NJ Senate on Monday, Senator Michael Doherty said that the Assembly Mike DohertyRepublican leadership’s support of increasing the gas tax is what led to the loss of four seats in the lower chamber in last week’s election.

Rutgers-Eagleton conducted a poll in October on the gas tax.  See attachment and an extract of the results below.

Why did Republican Assembly leadership come out in support of a gas tax increase?

R Assembly candidates should have all come out 100% against a gas tax increase.

66% of voters oppose a gas tax increase.

We had 69% of Independent voters and 73% of Republican voters on our side.

Even 57% of Democrat voters oppose the gas tax increase.

We wouldn’t have lost any seats if R’s campaigned on being 100% against a gas tax increase.

“We didn’t have to lose any seats and could have picked up a few,” Doherty said told  MoreMonmouthMusings, “We had no message.”

Doherty said that he has not heard back from any of his Senate colleagues.

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Posted: November 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2015 Legislative Races, Eagleton Poll, Gas Tax, New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Kean unveils N.J. gun control and mental health compromise bill

assetContent2TRENTON — Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. unveiled a new bill Friday that aims to ends a tug-of-war between Gov. Chris Christie and Senate President Stephen Sweeney over gun control and mental health legislation. Kean (R-Union) described the draft legislation as a more comprehensive bill that combines the original requirement that police be alerted when… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: October 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Gun Control, Gun Rights, Guns, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Christie calls for interested parties to “come to the table” to solve pension crisis

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Governor Chris Christie reacted to the New Jersey Supreme Court decision that he has the authority to cut pension payments from the State Budget and that the political branches of government…the Governor and Legislature…not the Court…must “deal with one another to forge a solution to the tenuous financial status of New Jersey’s pension funding in a way that comports with the strictures of our constitution,” by calling for “all interested parties” to come together and solve the New Jersey’s pension and benefit crisis “once and for all.”

“This decision is an important victory not only for our taxpayers who simply cannot afford these unsustainably high costs, but for limited, constitutional government that recognizes the proper role of the executive and legislative branches of government,” the Governor said in a statement issued by his office, “The Court’s position is clear, as is mine, it is time to move forward and work together to find a tangible, long-term solution to make our pension system and public employee health benefit costs affordable and sustainable for generations to come. In light of today’s decision, I urge all interested parties to come back to the table and partner with me to finally solve this problem once and for all.”

Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, R-Monmouth, the Assembly Republican Budget Officer, said,

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Posted: June 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Declan O'Scanlon, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, NJ Senate Republicans, Pensions | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

N.J. would criminalize dogfighting under new bill

assetContentTRENTON — A bill that would criminalize dogfighting in New Jersey and allow prosecutors to treat those who participate in dogfights like mobsters cleared a legislative hurdle Thursday. Technically, dogfighting isn’t a crime in New Jersey, though prosecutors can charge those who participate in the act under animal cruelty laws. The measure ( S736) approved by… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: May 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: New Jersey, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on N.J. would criminalize dogfighting under new bill

N.J. senator who was close to Christie criticizes him in Senate speech

assetContentTRENTON — State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos did not vote to buck the governor today when Democrats unsuccessfully tried to override his veto of the Port Authority legislation. But Kyrillos (R-Monmouth), who had been a personal friend of Christie’s and one of his chief allies in the Legislature, today demonstrated just how much their relationship has deteriorated… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, Joe Kyrillos, New Jersey, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Republican Senators Stick With Christie

Override of Governor’s Veto of Port Authority Reforms Fails

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Posted: March 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority | Tags: , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Senate fails to override Christie veto of Port Authority reform bill

Bill Baroni, Gov Christie and David Wildstein

Bill Baroni, Gov Christie and David Wildstein

TRENTON — Despite overwhelming bi-partisan support for a Port Authority reform bill approved in November, the state Senate today failed to override Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of the bill. After nearly an hour of impassioned debate, Senators voted 25-14 for the override, two votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn the veto. State Sen.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bridgegate, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Amick: Could upcoming Port Authority override vote break Christie’s long veto streak?

assetContent (56)Gov. Chris Christie has a remarkable winning streak going, one unmatched by any other New Jersey governor. He’s vetoed more than 350 bills during his five-plus years in Trenton, according to a Wall Street Journal count. And, in spite of the fact that the Legislature is controlled by the Democrats, a party other than his own,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 10th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Art Gallagher, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Port Authority | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Why are road, bridge and transit projects so expensive in NJ? Sen. Mike Doherty wants answers

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Why do roads, bridges and transit projects cost so much to build in New Jersey? State Senator Michael Doherty, R-Warren, has proposed a bill to try and answer that question and recommend ways to cut those costs. His bill to form a State Transportation Analysis Task Force will attempt to answer findings in a recent Reason… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 7th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Taxes | Tags: , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

Opinion: GOP Legislators May Finally Be Ready to Buck Christie, Override Veto

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Rarely has a possible legislative override of a gubernatorial veto been as fraught with political implications as that involving Gov. Christie’s rejection of legislation to revise and reform the operations of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Entering his sixth year in office, Christie has run the table in having his…

Posted: January 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, New Jersey, NJ GOP, NJ Senate Republicans, NJ State Legislature, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »