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: Keep tech workers in NJ by helping pay off student loans
A plan to boost New Jersey’s tech economy by helping people with science and engineering jobs pay off college loans – if they stick around long enough.
Splitting NJ National Guard and veterans services could be costly
As a candidate, Gov. Phil Murphy suggested splitting the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs in two. The idea has met resistance.
Statehouse restoration under budget so far: A look inside
The nearly $300 million Statehouse restoration that began last year is proceeding according to plan though is now scheduled to be completed in 2022.
No more $600K checks? NJ may tighten cap on sick-leave payouts
Lawmakers are advancing another plan to cap payments for unused sick leave — now at $7,500 going forward, paid not as cash but as health-care savings.
Jersey could ban foam cups and plates in school cafeterias
Polystyrene packaging costs less than alternatives such as paper, but proponents of a ban in schools and colleges say it's bad for health and the environment.
Hike in gas tax looks likely this fall, as tax collections drop
The 2016 hike in the gas tax was structured in a way that the rate goes up as collections drop. A hike of 2 to 4 cents a gallon could be coming.
NJ getting ready to allow more bars, restaurants that serve alcohol
A bill that could significantly expand the number of restaurants that can sell beer, wine and spirits has finally gotten an initial vote in the Legislature.
Congress won’t act? NJ looks to regulate internet privacy
State lawmakers are considering jumping in where Congress won’t by adopting restrictions on how ISPs can sell their subscribers’ data.
Lawsuit seeks to force racial integration of NJ’s public schools
A coalition of civil rights, faith and education groups sued the state in an attempt to force it to integrate New Jersey’s public and charter schools.
Why do Millennials leave NJ for college? State might do a study
A bill moving in the Senate would require the state to study why so many high school graduates leave New Jersey for college – often to never move back.