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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.
Governor-elect Phil Murphy. David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ
Governor-elect Phil Murphy. David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ
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Weed? Taxes? Murphy’s priorities already facing a reality check

Three weeks since he was elected, and still seven weeks until he takes office, some of Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s major promises are running into a rough patch.

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U.S. Rep. Chris Smith discusses International Megan's Law. He's joined by Richard Kanka, Jeremy Kanka and former state Sen. Peter Inverso. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith discusses International Megan's Law. He's joined by Richard Kanka, Jeremy Kanka and former state Sen. Peter Inverso. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Next step for Megan’s Law: Passport stamps marking sex offenders

The 1994 murder of a 7-year-old New Jersey girl by a repeat sex offender that prompted Megan’s Law has now gone international.

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Gov.-elect Phil Murphy greets people before addressing the New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy greets people before addressing the New Jersey State League of Municipalities conference. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Murphy: NJ ‘poised to be the comeback story of this nation’

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy stuck to familiar themes from the campaign while speaking to the League of Municipalities. He didn't address interest arbitration.

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Attorney General Christopher Porrino announces the SAFE STOP campaign at Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Attorney General Christopher Porrino announces the SAFE STOP campaign at Friendship Baptist Church in Trenton. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Know how to behave in a traffic stop and stay safe, NJ says

Coming soon to a TV or movie screen near you: Ads produced by the state of giving the public tips on how to behave if pulled over.

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SPCA officers listen to testimony at a Senate hearing in Trenton. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
SPCA officers listen to testimony at a Senate hearing in Trenton. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Push underway to shift animal welfare from SPCA to counties

Sen. Ray Lesniak says legislation giving counties responsibility for enforcing animal cruelty laws will be ready in a week and pass by January.

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Assembly Speaker-elect Craig Coughlin (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Speaker-elect Craig Coughlin (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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New Assembly speaker: No word on pot, but yes on gun control

Assembly Democrats made official Monday what had been apparent since early summer: Craig Coughlin of Woodbridge will become speaker in January.

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