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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.
Carlos Rendo and Sheila Oliver, candidates for lieutenant governor, debate in Montclair. (Pool photo)
Carlos Rendo and Sheila Oliver, candidates for lieutenant governor, debate in Montclair. (Pool photo)
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Illegal immigration a hot topic at lieutenant governor debate

Sheila Oliver and Carlos Rendo presented sharply contrasting views on nearly every issue. The gubernatorial election is in three weeks.

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Murphy crushing opponents in fundraising for NJ governor’s race

The polls have been closer, the first debate had no clear winner, but there’s one measure by which New Jersey’s governor’s race isn’t a contest – fundraising.

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Staci Berger, Grizel Ubarry, Peter Reinhart and Kevin Walsh discuss the 'Crossroads NJ' housing report. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Staci Berger, Grizel Ubarry, Peter Reinhart and Kevin Walsh discuss the 'Crossroads NJ' housing report. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Report suggests NJ commit $600 million for affordable housing — Who would pay?

The fifth Crossroads NJ report says NJ also needs to plan better at the state and regional level and step up efforts to reduce evictions and foreclosures.

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Dorothy Smith Carolina, Patricia Murphy and Avery Hart (left to right) testify before a Senate committee about the Board of Nursing. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Dorothy Smith Carolina, Patricia Murphy and Avery Hart (left to right) testify before a Senate committee about the Board of Nursing. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Is nursing board leaving the public at risk? Christie administration, critics clash

State says it has cut into a backlog in processing nursing licenses, but critics say persistent management and budget issues put the public at risk.

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Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan (Mario Tama, Getty Images News)
Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan (Mario Tama, Getty Images News)
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Port Authority’s NYC bus terminal may be rebuilt in same place, rather than relocated

After all the talk about seizing land in Manhattan or relocating to New Jersey, the current Port Authority Bus Terminal might be expanded and rebuilt.

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(AP Photo/Governor's Office)
(AP Photo/Governor's Office)
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‘He’s a liar’ — Christie feuds with top Democrat over opioid funding

The battle between Gov. Chris Christie and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto didn't end when the state government shutdown did.

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