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.
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.
Lawmakers suggest lots of exceptions to $15 minimum wage
Lawmakers ticked through a series of exceptions they'd like if a $15 an hour minimum wage is adopted, as Gov. Phil Murphy and his labor commissioner want.
Safe Haven law, sexting warnings may be taught in NJ
Lawmakers advanced bills requiring lessons on sexting and the Safe Haven Infant Protection Act to be added to New Jersey schools’ curriculum standards.
NJ legislators race to enact sports betting law within 3 weeks
Monday’s ruling by the state Supreme Court applies to all states, so New Jersey's time advantage over neighboring states may be fleeting.
Child marriage may soon be banned in New Jersey
Current law allows 16- and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent and people younger than 16 to marry with parental consent and judicial approval.
Democrats seek to double NJ’s paid family leave benefits
If the changes are approved, workers in New Jersey could get 12 weeks of benefits of up to around $1,200 a week.