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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.
Sen. Paul Sarlo, flaked by advocates from local school districts around New Jersey, speaks outside the Statehouse Annex. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Sen. Paul Sarlo, flaked by advocates from local school districts around New Jersey, speaks outside the Statehouse Annex. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ Senate leader: No state budget unless school aid changed

Unless there are changes to the school-funding formula and additional aid, the Senate won’t pass a state budget, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin And National Economic Director Gary Cohn Brief The Media At The White House
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If Trump ends property tax deduction, that could mean ‘real trouble’ for NJ families

As a wealthy state, New Jersey could do well under parts of Trump's tax blueprint. But the loss of a deduction for state and local taxes could prove harmful.

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Attorney General Christopher Porrino testifies before the Assembly Budget Committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Attorney General Christopher Porrino testifies before the Assembly Budget Committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Here are all the fees Christie wants to hike in order to raise $20M

Gov. Chris Christie is proposing to increase and expand fees by more than $20 million to support the budget of the state Department of Law and Public Safety.

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John S. Wisniewski and Phil Murphy (AP File Photos), Kim Guadagno (Louis C. Hochman / Townquare Media) and Jack M. Ciattarelli (Jack M. Ciattarelli for Governor)
John S. Wisniewski and Phil Murphy (AP File Photos), Kim Guadagno (Louis C. Hochman / Townquare Media) and Jack M. Ciattarelli (Jack M. Ciattarelli for Governor)
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Democrats, Republicans vying to be NJ’s next governor debate in May

Dates have been finalized for official gubernatorial primary debates. Blink and you’ll miss them, especially on the Democratic side.

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