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.
NJ considers requiring cardiac screening for all eighth graders
A 2013 law requires middle school and high school athletes to undergo a cardiac screening. That might be expanded under a bill up for a Senate vote.
NJ may expand all-day kindergarten to every district — at what cost?
Less than 10 percent of New Jersey school districts still have half-day kindergarten. But the plan to mandate full-day programs doesn't come with money.
NJ moves toward banning sales of menthol cigarettes
Menthol cigarettes account for 35% to 40% of sales in New Jersey. A lawmaker says they're marketed toward black men and promote nicotine addiction.
Safer than ever? NJ murder rate the lowest on record
Murders in New Jersey plunged by the biggest amount in decades in 2017, with the murder rate at its lowest level in over a half-century of record keeping.
Murphy making it harder again to get gun-carry permits in NJ
The change enacted last year under Gov. Chris Christie says serious threats are sufficient for a permit, even if they're not specific.
Nuclear subsidy plan back in Legislature, now a little greener
With additions that reflect Gov. Phil Murphy's energy agenda, the idea of allowing PSEG to seek subsidies for its nuclear plants is back on track in Trenton.
NJ joining federal lawsuit fighting Trump over ‘Dreamers’
New Jersey is joining 15 states and D.C. in their bid to maintain a program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
Murphy seeks to expand medical marijuana to more NJ residents
Governor says the Christie administration put in roadblocks he aims to knock down to expand to more dispensaries, patients, conditions and doctors.
Top priority for these lawmakers: Plan B for Gateway Project
Senator says federal funding for Gateway Tunnel looks iffy and that backup plans should include speeding up renovations of the bus terminal, PATH and ferries.
The first hints of what ‘sanctuary state’ means in NJ
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal won't revoke a directive that police ask about immigration status after arrests for major crimes. But detainers will be studied.