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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.
A sign announcing a temporary school zone speed limit in Hopewell Township, Mercer County. (Google Maps)
A sign announcing a temporary school zone speed limit in Hopewell Township, Mercer County. (Google Maps)
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New lower speed limits near NJ schools: Safety or speed traps?

Speed limits on roads adjacent to schools may be lowered if a bill advanced by an Assembly committee makes into law. A plan to triple fines was dropped.

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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2016 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton, N.J. Vice President-elect Mike Pence will lead President-elect Donald Trump's transition team, replacing Christie. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2016 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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NJ hoping to raise $200M from stepped-up tax enforcement

The state is counting on stepped-up enforcement and better responsiveness from its Division of Taxation to bring in an extra $200 million for the budget.

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Democratic candidates for governor hold their first debate. (Stockton University photo)
Democratic candidates for governor hold their first debate. (Stockton University photo)
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Christie a popular target for candidates seeking to replace him — even Republicans

Gov. Chris Christie came in for some criticism at Tuesday’s gubernatorial debates – and not just when Democrats were jawing.

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Judge Glenn Grant, acting administrative director for the New Jersey courts, speaks to the Senate budget committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Judge Glenn Grant, acting administrative director for the New Jersey courts, speaks to the Senate budget committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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‘Make a mistake with this, somebody dies’ — NJ to modify bail reform this month

New Jersey’s bail reforms are likely to be modified by month’s end, to increase the likelihood defendants with a history of weapons offenses are detained until trial.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy speaks at the Trenton train station. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy speaks at the Trenton train station. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Phil Murphy pledges more NJ Transit aid, potentially from new taxes

Phil Murphy pledges to increase state support for New Jersey Transit operations if elected governor and says that could potentially require a tax hike.

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