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.
Calling pro leagues hypocrites, NJ to OK sports betting Thursday
Three legislative committees Monday endorsed a bill that could legalize sports betting in New Jersey casinos and racetracks by the end of the week.
They get $190,000 pensions! NJ retirement system hits $11B
Expect lawmakers to renew attention this summer on making changes to public worker pensions, despite Gov. Phil Murphy saying more changes should wait.
NJ lawmakers criticize teachers union culture after seeing raw videos
NJEA says it isn't ignoring comments about sex abuse allegations – but that they're false and potentially misleading. Lawmakers have seen the raw video.
Democrats agree on school aid changes, not yet endorsed by Murphy
Senate President Steve Sweeney says a bill redistributing more than a half-billion dollars in state aid over seven years will be approved next week.
Environmental groups say Murphy flip-flopping on green promises
Environmental groups have emerged as the first Democratic Party core constituency to express public frustration with Gov. Phil Murphy.
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.