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.
NJ public retirees can recoup career of pension contributions in 4 years
Public employees pay more toward their pensions than ever before – but still recoup everything they paid into the system after 3.5 to 4 years of retirement.
Budget passed but Murphy to veto to ‘crack the back of this idiocy’
Though the state Legislature approved a 2019 state budget Thursday, it did so without reaching an agreement with Gov. Phil Murphy, who has pledged a veto.
5-cent fee on plastic and paper bags approved by NJ lawmakers
The fee would raise $23.4 million a year -- a nickel at a time, on carryout plastic and paper bags. The money would be diverted to balance the state budget.
No school funding deal without permanent tax hikes, Murphy says
There are 10 days left to adopt a budget in time to avoid a potential state government shutdown.
Murphy: Short-term taxes jeopardize long-term NJ Transit fix
Now that Democrats are advancing their own budget plan, without the tax increases he wants, Gov. Phil Murphy is stepping up efforts to sell his blueprint.
11-year-old Rt. 80 crash survivor pleads: Put 3-point seat belts on buses
Lawmakers and the Murphy administration are looking at ways to improve school bus safety, following a crash lthat killed a student and teacher from Paramus.
Shutdown showdown: Dems to send budget Murphy says he’ll veto
A lot of sound, not that much fury, but signs of a government shutdown ahead, with the deadline for adopting a state budget now looming next week.
11 bills against child sex abuse advance after undercover NJEA vids
Senate panel advances an 11-bill package dealing with how schools handle sexual abuse allegations, on the heels of hidden-camera videos of union leaders.
NJ’s new gun laws: Higher fees, easier to confiscate
Gov. Phil Murphy signs six new gun-control measures, including "red flag" laws designed to temporarily take guns from people deemed dangerous.
Housing advocates hope lawmakers block Murphy from raiding funds
As much as $78 million in funds are at stake, if the fund diversions that began a decade ago continue. Murphy said as a candidate they'd stop.