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Doherty Endorses Lonegan for Congress

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November 30,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Hackensack NJ , State Senator Mike Doherty, (R-Warren), today announced his support for conservative Republican Steve Lonegan in his campaign for congress in New Jersey’s Fifth Congressional District.

“Steve Lonegan has led the fight for every worthwhile conservative cause in New Jersey for the last two decades,” Sen. Doherty said. “And he’s often been out front when few, if any, in the state legislature were willing to stand behind him. But in 2018, the Republican Party will unify behind Steve to take back the Fifth Congressional District.”

Sen. Doherty and Mayor Lonegan have been long-time friends and allies. In 2009, Doherty ran on Lonegan’s line in the Primary election winning a tough battle for the State Senate.

“North Jerseyeans know Steve Lonegan is a conservative warrior, a champion of conservative causes, and a leader in defeating big government scams like Jon Corzine’s toll hike scheme and Governor McGreevey’s embryonic stem cell research bond,” Doherty said. “But voters need to know that Steve is also incredibly loyal and has been a supporter of mine every step of the way. I’m proud to support his congressional campaign.”

Sen. Doherty, a West Point graduate and attorney, has served the people of West Jersey in the state legislature since 2002 — first in the General Assembly and, since 2009, in the State Senate.

“Senator Doherty is the conservative conscience of the state legislature,” Lonegan said. “He consistently fights for smaller government, lower taxes, and more control at the county, local, and school board levels of government. I’m grateful for his friendship and his endorsement.”

Lonegan has already been endorsed by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), Bergen County State Senator Gerry Cardinale, Mrs. Ann Kievit, President of the Northwest New Jersey Taxpayers’ Association, Rev. Greg Quinlan, President of the Center for Garden State Families, on behalf of New Jersey for a Conservative Majority, Alexander Roubian, President of the New Jersey Second Amendment Society (NJ2AS), and United States Senator Ted Cruz.

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Why are road, bridge and transit projects so expensive in NJ? Lawmaker wants answers



Why are road, bridge and transit projects so expensive in NJ? Lawmaker wants answers

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 Foundation report, which said New Jersey spent $2 million a mile for road bridge and transit construction. The foundation ranked the state 48th in overall performance and cost effectiveness.

A task force is proposed as lawmakers are wrestling with finding revenue to finance major road, bridge and transit projects through the state’s Transportation Trust Fund. On July 1, all revenues raised through the state gas tax and other related taxes will be consumed by debt payments, leaving no money for construction.

In an opinion article that  Doherty wrote on, he said the state needs “our own analysis of the factors that drive New Jersey’s road costs and a look at other states to determine how they are able to operate more efficiently.”