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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.
Assembly Budget Committee holds a hearing looking at state revenues for the 2018 budget. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Budget Committee holds a hearing looking at state revenues for the 2018 budget. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Will you be audited? NJ Treasury boosts enforcement to collect more taxes

The number of state Treasury Department auditors is down nearly 30 percent over eight years – but that's about to change.

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Phil Murphy talks with reporters before filing his nominating petition for the June primary. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Phil Murphy talks with reporters before filing his nominating petition for the June primary. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Murphy files largest-ever nominating petition, pledges that he’ll debate

Fields are set for New Jersey’s gubernatorial primary. Analysts project a two-candidate race on the GOP side and an all-but-certain outcome for the Democrats.

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NJ Transit light rail car
NJ Transit light rail car (NJ Transit)
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Check out how New Jersey will spend extra $400M on transportation

The added money will go toward resurfacing, dredging and drainage projects with short-term benefits -- and kick start potentially transformative changes.

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(Courtesy Herve Belmur)
(Courtesy Herve Belmur)
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NJ spending more than house is worth on toxic clean-up — And family is trapped

The owner of a Sayreville home polluted by industrial chemicals pushes for the state to buyout his property – a power the DEP does not have and does not want.

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Gov. Chris Christie joined New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott Monday. March 27 for "Ask the Governor" (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)
Gov. Chris Christie joined New Jersey 101.5's Eric Scott Monday. March 27 for "Ask the Governor" (Louis C. Hochman / Townsquare Media)
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Governor has no position yet on proposed Monmouth power line

Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t taken a position on a high-voltage transmission line proposed for Monmouth County but said a balance must be struck to upgrade system reliability.

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