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Michael Symons

I'm the Statehouse bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5, covering the governor, Legislature and state politics, and had previously covered the Statehouse for Gannett newspapers for more than 15 years. I'm a lifelong New Jerseyan -- raised in Bergen, living in Hunterdon, Rutgers graduate. I'm co-author of the 2012 biography 'Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power.' I am not the Iron Chef with a similar name though sometimes get tweets meant for him, especially around Thanksgiving. Believe me, you don't want my cooking tips.
Lawmakers listen to testimony at a hearing about reorganizing the state's oversight of mental health and addiction services on July 25, 2017. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Lawmakers listen to testimony at a hearing about reorganizing the state's oversight of mental health and addiction services on July 25, 2017. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Legislature to Block Christie’s Addiction Services Reorganization

The Senate will schedule a vote to prevent Gov. Chris Christie from shifting oversight of addiction and mental-health services to the Department of Health.

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Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Ralph Albert Thomas, CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christie Scoffs, But Here’s Why NJ’s Credit Downgrades Might Matter to You

New Jersey's credit rating has been lowered four notches since 2011. That matters to businesses deciding whether to spend in the state, says a CPAs group.

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Princeton is considering an ordinance banning the sale of tobacco to anyone younger than 21 years old. (michaeljung, ThinkStock)
Princeton is considering an ordinance banning the sale of tobacco to anyone younger than 21 years old. (michaeljung, ThinkStock)
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Smoking Age Will Be 21 in NJ — So Who’s Helping 19-Year-Old Quitters?

Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a $7 million increase in spending on smoking cessation, while the higher smoking age could lead to demand among 19- and 20-year-olds.

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Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver, the Democratic ticket in this year's election. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Phil Murphy and Sheila Oliver, the Democratic ticket in this year's election. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Oliver Joins Murphy Ticket, Promising ‘a Very Different Lieutenant Governor’

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy says Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver "will be driving a big portion of our agenda" as his lieutenant governor.

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Seton Hall Law School professor John Jacobi testifies at a legislative hearing. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Seton Hall Law School professor John Jacobi testifies at a legislative hearing. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Pushback Against Christie Plan to Reorganize Addiction and Mental Health Care

Lawmakers have a little over a month to decide if they want to block Gov. Chris Christie from reorganizing the state government to change how addiction and mental-health services are provided.

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