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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.
Donald Trump stands on stage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory
Donald Trump stands on stage with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at the Lawrenceville National Guard Armory (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Dems say Christie should lobby Trump against health-care replacement

Votes in Congress on replacing the Affordable Care Act are imminent. A report says the plan could cost a half-million New Jerseyans health coverage by 2020.

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Michael Rispoli of Free Press testifies at an Assembly Budget Committee public hearing. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Michael Rispoli of Free Press testifies at an Assembly Budget Committee public hearing. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Fears of federal cuts a feature at first NJ state budget hearing

The possible impact of federal budget cuts was a recurring theme at the first public hearing on New Jersey's proposed budget for 2018.

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Dominick Marino of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey speaks against a bill shifting pension fund management to a union-dominated board. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Dominick Marino of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey speaks against a bill shifting pension fund management to a union-dominated board. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Should N.J. police and fire unions take over management of their pension fund?

Despite objections from one of the unions that would be involved, a bipartisan Senate panel advanced a plan to shift the police/fire pension to a labor-run board.

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Al Crincoli of Forked River says he would like Gov. Chris Christie to conditionally veto and expand a proposed veterans diversion program. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Al Crincoli of Forked River says he would like Gov. Chris Christie to conditionally veto and expand a proposed veterans diversion program. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ is asked to give war veterans help they need instead of prison

New Jersey is one of 10 states without a program that diverts veterans from the criminal-justice system into mental-health treatment, but that may soon change.

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