Michael Symons, New Jersey 101.5

Michael Symons

New Jersey 101.5

New Jersey, United States

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Recent:
  • New Jersey 101.5
Past:
  • The Asbury Park Press NJ
  • MyCentralJersey
  • Daily Record
  • North Jersey News
  • WWL-TV

Recent articles by Michael:

NJ adds 13,600 jobs in May – but still down 314,000 in pandemic

At the rate jobs have been added so far in 2021, it would take until the end of 2023 to recover pandemic-era losses. But things might speed up going forward. → Read More

To help summer economy, NJ may let teens work 50 hours a week

State lawmakers have an idea for easing the labor crunch: Let 16- and 17-year-olds work overtime this summer. → Read More

NJ may speed up college athletes endorsement law to this July

The 'name, image and likeness' law enacted last year for New Jersey college athletes was timed to take effect in 2025. A new bill moves it to July 1, 2021. → Read More

NJWeedman won't be on ballot for governor, after Dems challenge

Marijuana activist Edward Forchion won't be on the ballot as a candidate for governor after all, though he will seek support as a write-in. → Read More

‘We need to see': Bills advance seeking police in NJ hate groups

Assemblywoman Angela McKnight says need for bills became apparent after off-duty police took part in Capitol protest turned riot in January. → Read More

NJ may let police see bodycam video before filing initial reports

Assembly panel unanimously endorses the change, despite objections from reform groups. It wouldn't apply in some cases, including deaths and serious injury. → Read More

Congressman suggests NJ pay back-to-work bonuses with federal aid

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer says unemployed people should be given $500 incentives if they have a job by Aug. 1 and keep it at least into September. → Read More

Mayor, daughter of Ocean County commissioner among NJ judge picks

Gov. Phil Murphy has notified the Senate of seven Superior Court choices he intends to nominate, including Dina Vicari and Manchester Mayor Kenneth Palmer. → Read More

Senate GOP says NJ budget windfall should go back to taxpayers

The state already plans to pay rebates of up to $500 to families this summer. Republicans suggest some of the $10 billion surplus should be used similarly. → Read More

NJ may drop need for parent permission for student health surveys

Parents could still opt their child out of anonymous surveys about substance use and sexual behavior, but their active permission may no longer be needed. → Read More

Higher office, indeed: NJWeedman running for governor

Marijuana activist Edward Forchion, aka NJWeedman, filed nominating petitions to be a candidate for governor. Three minor-party candidates also filed. → Read More

With NJ awash in cash, immigrant groups intensify push for aid

After being told repeatedly there's no money for their cause, advocates for COVID aid to unauthorized immigrants say there's now state and federal cash to use. → Read More

Jersey jackpot: Treasurer raises revenue outlook over $5 billion

The state government is awash in cash and now anticipates a $10 billion surplus at the end of the month. It no longer will tap its rainy day fund for 2022. → Read More

GOP fighting odds, Dems battling history in NJ governor’s race

Republicans nominate former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli as their nominee to take on Gov. Phil Murphy over more conservative, Trump-fashioned alternatives. → Read More

Hicks forced out as NJ prisons chief, after report on Edna Mahan

Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks announced his resignation, one day after a report on violence at the women's prison. Lawmakers had sought his departure. → Read More

NJ Supreme Court: Details on disciplined cops can be released

Unanimous ruling upholds Attorney General Gurbir Grewal directives making public names and summaries of major discipline. A judge will decide on past cases. → Read More

Murphy says NJ will close troubled Edna Mahan women’s prison

Governor releases the independent report commissioned after the Jan. 11 violent cell extractions and says a multi-year process to close the prison will begin. → Read More

NJ Legislature honors Anthony Fauci, target of GOP criticism

The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has emerged as a partisan flashpoint, and the debate in Trenton reflected that. → Read More

Bill passes ending NJ health emergency, preserving some powers

Gov. Phil Murphy says he will sign the bill into law Friday. Hundreds protested outside the Statehouse as it passed along partisan lines. → Read More

First county in NJ reaches goal: 70% of adults fully vaccinated

Morris County has reached the 70% goal. Statewide, according to the CDC, 62% of adults are fully vaccinated and 74% have gotten at least one COVID shot. → Read More