Rabner hearing sets off argument between members of Senate Judiciary Committee

TRENTON – State Sen. Mike Doherty (R-23) clashed with Democrats today on the Senate Judiciary Committee on the subject of questions supposedly appropriate for Chief Justice Stuart Rabner.

Doherty quizzed Rabner on tax abatements allowed under the provisions of the School Funding Reform Act.

“This has got to stop,” Doherty said.

That prompted state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20) to intervene.

“You’re railing about legislation that we passed, [not the chief justice’s purview],” the senator said. “Can you stick to that, if you don’t mind?”

That set off Doherty, shut down from his line of questioning last week on the Senate Education Committee.

“I represent my 220,000 constituents,” Doherty said. “I have been sitting here since 1 p.m. May I ask some questions please?”

State Sen. Kevin O’toole (R-40) told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Nick Scutari that Doherty has the right to ask any questions he likes.

“I did not rule anyone out of order,” Scutari said, allowing Doherty to continue.

Rabner hearing sets off argument between members of Senate Judiciary Committee