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.
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.
NJ looks to overhaul DWI law: Emphasize ignition locks, cut suspensions
Drunk-driving penalties for first-time offenders would be revamped if a bill endorsed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee makes it into law.
NJ could turn foreclosed homes into affordable housing under proposed law
Foreclosures remain a significant problem, though not the crisis of a few years ago, and lawmakers and the courts are advancing ideas to address the issue.
NJ extends Atlantic City takeover to 2021 and city is OK with that
Gov. Phil Murphy said as a candidate he'd end the takeover but says a partnership is still needed. The mayor likes that locals had input on the new plan.
NJ utilities may get power to chop trees, whether you like it or not
A bill advancing in the Legislature would give electric utilities wide latitude to trim or remove vegetation, even if local shade tree commissions object.
Medical marijuana tax to phase out over a few years, Sweeney says
Senate President Steve Sweeney worries a marijuana tax that's too high won't deter the black market. He says it'll take years to phase out a tax on medical pot.
Sweeney: ‘We have to’ expand driver’s licenses to undocumented
Senate President Steve Sweeney says lawmakers are looking now at driver's licenses for undocumented licenses. He says they would improve safety on the roads.
Education chief: High school PARCC doesn’t prep for real world
Lawmakers questioned Gov. Phil Murphy's education officials on changes to how PARCC is used to assess high-school graduates and teachers.
Unions, Murphy agree to save taxpayers $500 million
State and local government – and by extension, the taxpayers who fund them – should save almost $500 million under health-plan changes agreed to by unions.