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.
PARCC scores suddenly way less important in NJ teacher evaluations
Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration significantly scaled back how much of a teacher’s annual evaluation is tied to student improvement on standardized exams.
Murphy at war with South Jersey? Sweeney feud heats up
Governor rejects bills dealing with an income-tax pact with Pennsylvania, development by Atlantic City and Cape May airports and Renaissance schools in Camden.
NJ lawmaker: Don’t ban plastic straws, just make them by-request
Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker wants to phase out plastic straws but says a replacement isn’t ready. For now, he says, only give them to people who ask for them.
NJ gas tax to increase — again — by 4.3 cents in October
New Jersey's gas tax will increase 4.3 cents a gallon on Oct. 1, the state Treasury Department announced. At 41.4 cents, it will be sixth highest in the nation.
Weed still illegal, but NJ prosecutors can drop cases for these reasons
Municipal court marijuana cases can restart after Labor Day, though local prosecutors are being asked to consider a list of reasons not to pursue cases.
Other states can send you red-light cam tickets. NJ may stop helping them
A bill would prohibit New Jersey from disclosing information about its drivers to other states for camera-generated speeding or red-light tickets.
As towns say no to legal pot, NJ may let them charge a local tax
Before the state Legislature even starts debating legalizing adult-use marijuana, around 35 municipalities have adopted local laws barring pot shops.
NJ’s Obamacare fix could lower insurance premiums next year
People insured through individual health plans might actually pay less for coverage next year, due to a new reinsurance program being created by the state.
NJ Transit workers getting attacked — union wants mandatory jail
As the quality of NJ Transit has gone down, the frustration of riders has gone up – and with it, alarm among conductors about assaults by angry commuters.
Menendez lead over Hugin shrinks to 6 points in Senate race
A new poll is the latest to show New Jersey, which hasn’t elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate since 1972, might have a legitimate race this year.