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.
2018 brings these new laws to New Jersey — including some tax cuts
The sales and estate taxes are cut at the start of 2018. Other new laws benefit Gold Star families and tweak the date that driver's licenses expire.
Tax reform ‘going to hurt’ New Jersey home values, analysts say
Some analysts project a 10 percent drop in home values. Gov.-elect Phil Murphy says he's willing to consider ending a cap on property tax deductions.
Your electric bill might go up to help support NJ’s nuclear power plants
Higher prices wouldn't start until late 2018 at the earliest. They could raise costs $41 a year for homeowners and a half-million for big industrial users.
Murphy picks a ‘consumer’ to regulate NJ banks and insurers
As banking and insurance commissioner, Marlene Caride would oversee the creation of a public bank that Gov.-elect Phil Murphy promised in his campaign.
Police, fire arbitration cap to expire – but for how long?
Democrats say they're waiting on a task force report that reflects the concerns and input of union appointees. An assemblyman says it's not coming.
NJ’s minimum wage rises in January, with bigger jumps to come
The minimum wage goes up 16 cents in 2018, to $8.60. Democrats wants to speed the increase to $15 – which at current rates won't happen for 30 years.
NJ Transit tickets will cost you more to pay for new tunnels
New Jersey has its plan for paying its share of the Gateway Tunnel – and it’s going to cost every rail commuter who crosses the Hudson River to and from Manhattan.
Murphy picks son of immigrants to be attorney general — and fight Trump
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy purposely selected first Sikh to serve as attorney general in America to battle Trump administration on issues such as immigration.
Electric cars in the Northeast? How NJ can help make it happen
New Jersey’s electric car infrastructure got a boost last week. Could bigger investments be on the way, perhaps in conjunction with Northeast neighbors?
Kids are leaving for college — and NJ wants to know why
Senators want the state to study why so many high school graduates leave New Jersey for college and do performance reviews of state colleges.