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Michael Symons

New Jersey 101.5

New Jersey, United States

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Recent articles by Michael:

Climate activists sue Murphy demanding faster NJ emissions action

EmpowerNJ filed a petition six months ago demanding rulemaking. The DEP rejected the request last month. → Read More

FULL TEXT: Murphy inaugural speech begins 2nd term as NJ governor

Gov. Phil Murphy describes New Jersey as the opportunity state in his inaugural address beginning his second term as governor. → Read More

Average NJ property tax bill near $9,300 – Check your town here

Property taxes in New Jersey climbed by nearly 2% again last year, restrained by the cap but still amounting to a $583 million tax hike. → Read More

Murphy wants prescription drug prices in NJ on 2022 agenda

In a State of the State that was mostly a four-year retrospective, Murphy called for tackling prescription drug affordability and gun measures this year. → Read More

Murphy again declares COVID public health emergency in NJ

With his pandemic powers and directives set to expire at day's end, Gov. Phil Murphy renewed them by again declaring a public health emergency in the state. → Read More

Lawmakers let all Murphy’s pandemic orders lapse over mask issue

A scheduled vote to extend many of Gov. Phil Murphy's pandemic orders was canceled after he said he'll continue a school mask mandate that's not in the bill. → Read More

NJ Legislature to vote on abortion bill that leaves few happy

Proposed bill codifies the right to an abortion but leaves out most provisions from the Reproductive Freedom Act sought by activists and Gov. Phil Murphy. → Read More

Following test to enter policy, NJ Assembly Speaker has COVID-19

Speaker Craig Coughlin, who is vaccinated and boosted, said it is for this exact reason that the access policy was updated to requiring a negative test for entry at Monday's voting session. → Read More

New Assembly access rule: Negative test, regardless of vax status

The change could defuse a third round in the battle over the vaccine-or-test rule that roiled the Assembly in December. → Read More

Lawmakers agree to 45-day extension of Murphy's emergency powers

Some COVID-era administrative orders, directives and waivers expire next Tuesday. Gov. Phil Murphy asked for a 90-day extension, but lawmakers went halfway. → Read More

Fan is suing New York Giants, Jets for $6B because they really play in New Jersey

A New York City resident says the Giants and Jets are deceiving people by having New York in their name while playing in New Jersey. → Read More

NJ announces 79 new COVID deaths; over 5,000 now in hospitals

One of every 30 New Jersey residents has tested positive for COVID in the last two weeks, around 313,000, according to state data. → Read More

NJ considers ‘bond or forfeit’ law for animal cruelty cases

People accused of animal cruelty could be forced to pay a bond upfront to cover a shelter's costs of care under a bill now awaiting final votes in Trenton. → Read More

The 76 towns that flipped in NJ governor’s race — 68 red, 8 blue

Nearly one of every seven municipalities switched their party allegiance in this year’s gubernatorial election, mostly in the GOP's direction. → Read More

The new list of the 20 smallest towns in NJ

The merger of Pine Valley into Pine Hill in Camden County still leaves the state with 564 municipalities, including 13 with less than 500 residents. → Read More

NJ about to subtract one of its tiniest towns in rare merger

Pine Hill is scheduled to give final approve next Monday to an agreement to absorb Pine Valley, home to a world-class private golf course and 21 people. → Read More

More people in NJ hospitals for COVID, a pandemic post-holiday tradition

Total COVID-related hospitalizations up nearly 200 in New Jersey between Saturday and Sunday. That's typical after Thanksgiving and Christmas. → Read More

NJ poised to require Asian-American history be taught in schools

In near-unanimous votes, the Legislature has backed a bill requiring social studies curriculum to include history and contributions of Asian-Americans. → Read More

NJ has a new congressional map — and Republicans are fuming mad about it

Tiebreaker chooses Democrats' proposed map. Four of the five competitive districts further favor the incumbent's party, except for the redrawn 7th District. → Read More

How many people live in NJ? The latest 2021 population estimate

New Census Bureau estimates say the population of New Jersey is down nearly 22,000 since the 2020 Census and the nation's growth is lowest in history. → Read More