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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.
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, left, and Gurbir Grewal, who will be nominated as attorney general. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, left, and Gurbir Grewal, who will be nominated as attorney general. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Murphy picks son of immigrants to be attorney general — and fight Trump

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy purposely selected first Sikh to serve as attorney general in America to battle Trump administration on issues such as immigration.

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Electric Cars in NJ
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Electric cars in the Northeast? How NJ can help make it happen

New Jersey’s electric car infrastructure got a boost last week. Could bigger investments be on the way, perhaps in conjunction with Northeast neighbors?

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Koch Industries, Inc. Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Mark HoldenSenator Sandra CunninghamNew Jersey Reentry Corporation Executive Director John KoufosJohn Berry talks of ReentryTariq Love talks of ReentryPatrick D’Aiuto of ReentryNew Jersey Department of Labor Acting Commissioner Aaron FichtnerSansone Auto Group Chief Administrative Officer Rich LieblerAeroFarms Chief of Staff Stefan Oberman
Sen. Sandra Cunningham speaks at the Employment Opportunity Summit in March 2017. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Expungement expansion sent to Christie by lawmakers

Approved changes would enable more people to become eligible more quickly to erase more offenses from their criminal records.

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Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Salem and Hope Creek nuclear plants (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
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PSEG: Unless things change, Salem nuclear plants may close in two years

Lawmakers hear testimony about a concept that isn’t yet legislation – though could be passed within five weeks and cost billions for New Jersey ratepayers.

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