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.
Murphy orders investigation into how NJ hired man accused of rape
Gov. Phil Murphy has commissioned three separate inquiries in the wake of rape allegations against a former campaign staffer brought by a volunteer.
Murphy heads to Germany, Israel for economic mission
Gov. Phil Murphy and a delegation of New Jersey officials and business leaders leave Monday night for a nine-day economic mission to Germany and Israel.
‘Maximum fine’ planned if NJ Transit misses train safety deadline
NJ Transit insists it will meet Dec. 31 deadline for positive train control progress. If it misses, it faces fines of nearly $28,000 a day.
Minimum wage rising to $8.85; poll says go further, but not $15
New Jersey’s minimum wage goes up by 25 cents an hour on Jan. 1. Three-fourths of New Jersey adults support increasing it further, says a new FDU poll.
Hydrogen-powered cars? Lawmakers think they could jolt NJ economy
Two Assembly committees heard how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are used in cars, equipment and more. It was more about the economy than the science.
Murphy: Private partners, not state, will award venture capital
Gov. Phil Murphy wants the Legislature to approve a state venture capital fund, financed through the sale of tax credits, so that it can begin in 2019.
Murphy, lawmakers meet to discuss marijuana and its tax rate
With the latest goal for legalizing marijuana in New Jersey less than three weeks away, Gov. Phil Murphy is meeting with lawmakers to discuss details.
NJ Transit riders, get ready for possible fare hike next summer
Stable funding is one of NJ Transit's big problems, auditors said. Their report suggests alternatives, but Gov. Phil Murphy signaled a fare hike is possible.
Skip tolls in another state, and NJ might suspend your license
N.J. may work with neighboring states to force habitual toll evaders to pay up by suspending their vehicle registrations – for tabs run up in other states.
Scaled-back bear hunt begins Monday, despite Murphy’s objection
A bear hunt that has nobody happy starts Monday in northwest New Jersey. It's the ninth year in a row with a hunt, though this one's barred from state lands.