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New Senator Michael Doherty Vows to Represent District 23 With Energy, Character and Honor

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Republican Michael Doherty, born in Point Pleasant and raised in Glen Ridge, became the senator of the people of District 23 today at a State House ceremony attended by his family, friends and supporters. Senator Doherty, 46, pledged that he will represent his constituents with energy, character and honor.

Mike Doherty being sworn-in as the new Senator representing the 23rd legislative district in the New Jersey Senate on November 23, 2009.

“I am humbled and honored by the trust that the people of District 23 have put in me,” Senator Doherty said. “It is their interests that I will represent in Trenton, and their interests alone.”

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Ending Mandatory Minimums for Pushers in School Zones Sends the Wrong Message

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Senator Gerald Cardinale, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced today that he would oppose any effort to weaken the drug-free school zones law.

“It is clear that children need more rigorous protection against the predators that turn school yards into open air drug markets,” Cardinale stated. “Weakening the laws that protect students would send the wrong message to the students, educators and the community at large.

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Cardinale News Flash for Spicuzzo: Xanadu Is in Bergen County and Other Answers Every Sports Authority Nominee Should Know

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John Lynch Apparently Didn’t Tell All He Knew at Halfway House

Senator Gerald Cardinale, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he was appalled, but not surprised that lame-duck Governor Jon Corzine’s nominee for a seat on the New Jersey Sports Authority didn’t bother to prepare for serious questions during his confirmation hearing. Cardinale said he was just as shocked by reports that the candidate, Middlesex County Sheriff Joseph Spicuzzo, admitted he sought advice on his confirmation from a convicted felon, former Democrat Senator John Lynch.

“Questioning at this confirmation hearing turned up that the nominee hadn’t bothered to research the Sports Authority’s budget or how many people it employs,” Cardinale said. “These were not the responses that I expect from a person charged with monitoring a multi-million dollar budget and one of the nation’s premier sports venues.”

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Singer’s Property Reassessment Reform Bill Advances in Senate

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Republican Conference Leader Robert Singer (R-30) thanked the members of the Senate Community and Urban Affairs Committee for advancing S-2711, a bipartisan, common-sense bill that would make it easier and more efficient to reassess property values in New Jersey. Singer and Senator Paul Sarlo (D-36) are the primary sponsors of the legislation.

“Dramatic changes in property values require a forceful and prompt response,” Singer said. “Without common sense reform, our property tax system will be both overwhelmed and unfair. This bill allows assessors to ensure fairness and efficiency in property valuation.”

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Bateman: Corzine’s Decision to Withdraw Mayor Holtaway’s Nomination Is Emblematic of the Failure of His Administration

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Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman issued the following statement regarding Governor Corzine’s last minute decision to withdraw the nomination of Mayor Robert F. Holtaway for a position on the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Council. Senator Bateman is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I am disturbed and disappointed that neither the governor nor any member of his administration had the common courtesy to notify me, Mayor Holtaway or any member of the Judiciary Committee of their decision to withdraw his nomination. The explanation that this was an eleventh hour decision is unacceptable, how long does it take to pick up the phone?

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Singer Encourages Governor-Elect Christie to Choose a Medical Professional to Lead Department of Health

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Senator Robert Singer, the ranking Republican member of the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee, issued the following statement regarding Governor-Elect Chris Christie’s choice for the next Commissioner of the Department of Health and Senior Services:

“I first want to commend Commissioner Howard for the fine job she has done during her tenure at the Department of Health. During her term at the department Commissioner Howard has accomplished many things that are good for the future of New Jersey. In particular, she was instrumental in expanding NJ Family Care.

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Tom Kean Statement on Senator Diane Allen’s Illness

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement regarding Senator Diane Allen’s illness:

“My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Allen and her family during this challenging time. I wish her a speedy and full recovery and I look forward to welcoming her back to the caucus.”

Senator Diane Allen Thanks Supporters, Friends Concerned About Her Health

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Senator Diane Allen thanks the many supporters and other friends who have called inquiring about her health. She is humbled and deeply moved by their concern.

“My illness has shown me again just how much the good people of my district and the state of New Jersey care about others,” Senator Allen said. “It’s impossible to express how grateful I am for their outpourings of caring, support and love.”

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Governor’s Move to Save an Additional $400 Million Welcomed

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean welcomed the announcement by Governor Corzine that he is taking steps to save an additional $400 million in this year’s budget.

“Governor Corzine is making the tough, necessary decisions to ensure that the state budget remains in balance throughout the remainder of the current fiscal year. It is encouraging that he moved quickly to address the revenue shortfall.

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Bateman: Governor Corzine, Please Reconsider Withholding of Rutgers Housing Study

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Data to be Used for State Planning Purposes Kept Secret

Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Somerset) continued to call on Governor Jon Corzine today to release the results of a Rutgers study provided to the State Planning Commission that projects future population, employment and housing numbers in New Jersey. The numbers from the Rutgers Study apparently indicate that job growth for the period encompassing the years 2008 to 2028 will only amount to 6,550 annually, compared with the administration’s previous projection of 54,000 over the same period.

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