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.
PARCC’s long goodbye won’t end standardized tests in New Jersey
Meetings and focus groups aimed at developing a new assessment will start in May. But PARCC will still be around next year, and a new test will replace it.
NJ gets ready to allow sports betting
A Supreme Court decision in New Jersey's favor could mean legal sports betting – but its start might require the Legislature to act quickly.
‘Monopoly man’ wants NJ to support Murphy’s tax hikes
The lobbying push for Gov. Phil Murphy’s tax hikes was stepped up Wednesday, with the DEP leader saying lakes could close this summer without the funds.
Is bail reform working in NJ? Report coming this fall
Other states are calling New Jersey to learn about its groundbreaking criminal justice reforms – which are on track to run out of funds in about two years.
‘Day of reckoning has come’ — NJ school aid change likely in June
Lawmakers appeared to get a public acknowledgement that school aid figures for 2018-19 will be recalculated. Some districts will get less than promised.
Murphy shoots for new tax on gun purchases in NJ
Gov. Phil Murphy has proposed a new tax on firearms sales. It's not clear what the rate would be but is projected to cost gun buyers $1.4 million a year.
Financial aid for NJ undocumented immigrants to start this fall
Providing tuition aid grants for 600 undocumented immigrants to attend New Jersey colleges costs the average taxpayer 17 cents a year, says the plan's sponsor.
NJ to register voters automatically at MVC, parole & welfare offices
State agencies will likely start automatically registering people to vote when they do things such as apply for driver’s licenses by year's end.
Murphy wants to spend $2.7B more for ‘not a lot of new programs’
Acting state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio says 83% of proposed new spending goes toward pensions, health benefits, debt and Medicaid.
Murphy administration pleads for $1.5 billion in tax hikes
N.J.'s tax collections still haven't returned to peak from before the recession. State treasurer says tax hikes would set finances in a better direction.