SOMERSET HILLS NJ - Today, State Senator Michael Doherty along with Assemblymen John DiMaio and Erik Peterson announced their intent to seek re-election in the 23rd Legislative District, which includes Bedminster and Peapack-Gladstone.  

Senator Doherty stated, “I am pleased and honored to join John DiMaio and Erik Peterson to announce our re-election bid in the 23rd District.  During their time in Trenton, Assemblymen DiMaio and Peterson have done an outstanding job advocating for and protecting the interests of taxpayers, working families and New Jersey businesses.”   

“Trenton has to do better,” said DiMaio.  “We have spent far too long teetering on the edge of financial ruin in this State.” Assemblyman DiMaio has served as a Republican member of the Budget Committee in the lower house.

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All three members were consistent in their opposition to many key proposals, most notably the gas tax.  “We have said, again and again, that over taxing our residents and taking on more debt must stop if we are ever going to get property taxes under control,” said Peterson.  “The gas tax increases that passed are a perfect example.  The Democrats in Trenton are really good at raising your taxes, but completely incapable of cutting costs.”

When it comes to property tax reform, all three Republican incumbents have acknowledged that school funding problems are the driving force.  “We have to address school funding reforms.  With the support of John and Erik, I have long argued that a fair and balanced school funding formula should be put in place,” said Doherty.  “It is time that every child in this state receive their fair share of school funding from Trenton.”

The three Republicans will compete in the primary election which will be held on June 6, 2017.  The 23rd District covers parts of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties.