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.
Sweeney budges on millionaires tax, Murphy rejects it as symbolic
A budget won't be in place before the Sunday deadline, and it appears likely that Gov. Phil Murphy will have to decide whether to shutter state services.
NJ budget deadline looms: GOP won’t hurry to raise taxes
New Jersey looks certain to open its new fiscal year Sunday without a budget in place. Whether that means a partial government shutdown that closes state-run parks and beaches remains to be seen.
Murphy enlists Al Gore, Chelsea Handler in budget battle
Gov. Phil Murphy's Cabinet meets to review plans for a state government shutdown, though the governor said he's still optimistic a budget deal will be reached.
Public-sector union finances dented by Supreme Court ruling
Court ruling clears path for public workers to opt out of paying fees to unions. CWA's leader says 10% of workers it represents aren't members.
Dems want to tax Shore rentals but Murphy blasts ‘Snooki tax’
Democratic legislative leaders propose to raise taxes on short-term vacation rentals, like those common along the Shore, and sales of million-dollar homes.
Murphy’s tax compromise: Raise ’em all, just not as much
Gov. Phil Murphy's proposed compromise on tax hikes: scaled-back versions of his income and sales tax plans and the Legislature's business tax surcharge.
Murphy: If other Dems ‘force our hand,’ I’ll just cut spending
No agreement on a state budget, but Gov. Phil Murphy says there's a framework of alternatives and Senate president says he'd extend business tax surcharge.
NJ public retirees can recoup career of pension contributions in 4 years
Public employees pay more toward their pensions than ever before – but still recoup everything they paid into the system after 3.5 to 4 years of retirement.
Budget passed but Murphy to veto to ‘crack the back of this idiocy’
Though the state Legislature approved a 2019 state budget Thursday, it did so without reaching an agreement with Gov. Phil Murphy, who has pledged a veto.
5-cent fee on plastic and paper bags approved by NJ lawmakers
The fee would raise $23.4 million a year -- a nickel at a time, on carryout plastic and paper bags. The money would be diverted to balance the state budget.