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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.
Ricardo Rivera of Oaklyn holds a poster board with photos of his late sister, Matilda Candelaria at a February public hearing. He says she may have benefited if she could have treated her chronic pain with medical marijuana. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Ricardo Rivera of Oaklyn holds a poster board with photos of his late sister, Matilda Candelaria at a February public hearing. He says she may have benefited if she could have treated her chronic pain with medical marijuana. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Why marijuana activists are worried about NJ’s legalization plan

Though New Jersey could be less than a year away from legalizing marijuana, advocates who have pushed for that aren’t all thrilled with the proposed bill.

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Want to apply for NJ’s Sandy mortgage relief program? Deadline is Wednesday

Owners of Sandy-damaged houses still juggling a mortgage and rent while their homes are repaired have a chance to delay their bank payments until 2019.

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Moving vans outside the Statehouse on Friday, May 26, to relocate Gov. Chris Christie's during the renovation.
Moving vans outside the Statehouse on Friday, May 26, to relocate Gov. Chris Christie's during the renovation. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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We don’t know details of NJ’s $300M Statehouse renovation plan

Documentation of the Statehouse's structural problems is readily available. Details explaining the nearly $300M restoration project have been tougher to find.

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Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon talks with EMS officials near the Statehouse. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon talks with EMS officials near the Statehouse. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Next tool in NJ’s opioid overdose fight could be tracking EMS data

NJ may start requiring EMS providers to report each encounter with a patient, so officials can track, analyze and improve response to medical emergencies.

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