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.
You pay fees to boost 911 services. That’s not where most of it goes
Federal regulator pushing states to stop diverting 911 fees has brought his campaign to the practice’s top culprit, New Jersey.
NJ Transit trying to recruit more engineers to get trains on time
State is adding training classes, easing residency rules for NJ Transit and developing a new educational program aimed at high-school and college students.
N.J. going back to the future to revive high-tech economy
Gov. Phil Murphy signs a bipartisan bill reviving the Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, an idea dating to 1985 that went dormant in 2010.
New plan for NJ’s public infrastructure: Let developers build it
What’s a cash-strapped government to do when it wants to upgrade its infrastructure? Under a new law, they can partner with private developers to finance it.
Sick of Medicare fraud? Feds are planning NJ crackdown
Justice Department is sending two prosecutors and a supervisor to work with federal prosecutors in Newark on tackling Medicare fraud and abuse.
NJ gov’t plan to merge half of all school districts — Yours on list?
Advocates say consolidation is about improving education in smaller schools but would also save an undetermined amount of spending.
Cut pensions and benefits, merge schools, new tolls — plan to overhaul NJ
A working group organized by the Legislature has pitched a major overhaul of state and local government in New Jersey – teeing up a major battle.
How NJ can better fight cancer, from tanning to smoking cessation
New Jersey gets middling grades on this year’s version of the American Cancer Society’s annual assessment of states’ efforts to reduce and treat cancer.
U.S. Senate race is close – but NJ has been here before
New Jersey’s Senate races have been here before: polls closer than expected in the summer, raising GOP hopes of ending that a winless streak dating to 1972.
They want to clip Murphy’s budget powers … but they’ll have to wait
Monday’s deadline for putting a constitutional amendment on the November ballot passed without Assembly action on a plan to start 'consensus forecasting.'