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.
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.
NJ spending on higher education down by 24% since 2008
Long after the Great Recession ended, few states have fully reversed funding cuts for public colleges. It’s down by 24 percent in New Jersey.
Whatever happened to Murphy’s ‘state bank’ idea? It’s getting new push
The bank wouldn’t have retail branches. It could use state deposits of tax revenues to provide low-interest loans for under-served priorities.
High school PARCC tests won’t be cut back as much as planned
The state Board of Education endorsed scaling back high school standardized exams from seven to five – but not to three, as the Murphy administration sought.
Shore rental owners: You could get hit with new tax (for now)
Rather than exclude 'for rent by owner' rentals from taxes, revamped state guidance makes it harder to avoid. The Legislature now may step in.
New Jersey’s gas tax rises 4.3 cents a gallon Monday
The 22.6-cent increase approved in 2016 allows for yearly increases if collections go down. They were $125 million short last year.
New NJ plan: Ban plastic bags and straws, charge you for paper
New Jersey would ban carryout plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam food containers, if a bill endorsed Thursday by a Senate committee becomes law.
N.J. ranks ‘a worse 50th’ for businesses because of taxes
New Jersey has ranked at the bottom in the annual Tax Foundation report for a decade. New top rates for businesses and wealthy people drove its score lower.
False alarm, Jersey Shore: Vacation homes not part of ‘Airbnb tax’
Guidance from the state had indicated short-term, owner-directed Shore home rentals would have to charge sales and occupancy taxes. That is being changed.
Revamping NJ addiction treatment — with 6 to 12 month of care
New Jersey Reentry Corporation suggests better coordination among addiction services providers.