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Michael Symons is Statehouse bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5. He previously covered the Statehouse for Gannett newspapers for more than 15 years. He's co-author of the biography 'Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power.' Follow him at @MichaelSymons_ on Twitter.
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon talks with EMS officials near the Statehouse. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon talks with EMS officials near the Statehouse. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Next tool in NJ’s opioid overdose fight could be tracking EMS data

NJ may start requiring EMS providers to report each encounter with a patient, so officials can track, analyze and improve response to medical emergencies.

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Democratic candidates for governor hold their first debate. (Stockton University photo)
Democratic candidates for governor hold their first debate. (Stockton University photo)
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Christie a popular target for candidates seeking to replace him — even Republicans

Gov. Chris Christie came in for some criticism at Tuesday’s gubernatorial debates – and not just when Democrats were jawing.

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Judge Glenn Grant, acting administrative director for the New Jersey courts, speaks to the Senate budget committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Judge Glenn Grant, acting administrative director for the New Jersey courts, speaks to the Senate budget committee. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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‘Make a mistake with this, somebody dies’ — NJ to modify bail reform this month

New Jersey’s bail reforms are likely to be modified by month’s end, to increase the likelihood defendants with a history of weapons offenses are detained until trial.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy speaks at the Trenton train station. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy speaks at the Trenton train station. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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Phil Murphy pledges more NJ Transit aid, potentially from new taxes

Phil Murphy pledges to increase state support for New Jersey Transit operations if elected governor and says that could potentially require a tax hike.

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Sen. Paul Sarlo, flaked by advocates from local school districts around New Jersey, speaks outside the Statehouse Annex. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
Sen. Paul Sarlo, flaked by advocates from local school districts around New Jersey, speaks outside the Statehouse Annex. (Michael Symons/Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ Senate leader: No state budget unless school aid changed

Unless there are changes to the school-funding formula and additional aid, the Senate won’t pass a state budget, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said.

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