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.
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.
NJ looks to ban smoking on boardwalks next
The ban on smoking at New Jersey beaches and parks won’t take effect until January, but some lawmakers are already pushing to cover outdoor public places.
NJ could raise taxes on United Airlines by $20 million
A Senate committee endorsed a plan to hike taxes on United Airlines, despite warnings that it could raise airfares or reduce routes at Newark Airport.
PARCC change vote delayed by NJ State Board of Education
A planned vote was postponed on changes related to standardized PARCC exams that would give students more alternatives to qualify for high-school graduation.
Hunters and foes agree: Murphy wrong on bears (though reasons vary)
At the first Fish and Game Council meeting since Gov. Phil Murphy barred this year’s bear hunts from state lands, he was criticized from both sides.
Dems’ bill pushes Murphy to move faster on new voting machines
Democrats have proposed a bill requiring half of future federal election funds to be used to buy new voting machines. That's double what Gov. Phil Murphy plans.
Millennials not leaving N.J. any faster than they have before
A research paper by Rutgers University graduate students says millennials aren't leaving New Jersey faster than young people did in past generations.
NJ about to spend millions fighting deportations
Through Legal Services of New Jersey, the state will spend $2.1 million helping indigent detainees fight immigration charges and potential deportation.
NJ rally demands driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants
A few hundred people rallied Thursday outside the Statehouse in support of making undocumented immigrants eligible for New Jersey driver’s licenses
NJ gets 146 applications to run 6 medical marijuana dispensaries
Health department has 146 applicants from 106 organizations to assess as it awards licenses for six new medicinal marijuana operators.