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.
Lawmaker says state aid promised to some schools will be reduced
"Districts that think they’re getting money, they’re not going to get as much money as they think" once school aid is redistributed, says one Democrat.
NJ to ‘name and shame’ other states by releasing gun crime data
Starting in May, the state will publish monthly and quarterly reports about gun crimes and the states where guns trafficked into New Jersey originate.
Senate panel votes to make inmates eligible for NJ financial aid
Saying the goal of prison should be rehabilitation, not punishment, state lawmakers advanced a bill making state prison inmates eligible for TAG grants.
Angry crowd shouts down NJ lawmakers over vaccine vote (VIDEO)
More than 300 people came out to oppose requiring notarized explanations for seeking vaccination exemptions. Many reacted angrily when the bill advanced.
NJ looks to boost fines for utilities that mishandle storms
Electric companies’ response to storm emergencies gets a double-dose of attention from state government Thursday from regulators and lawmakers.
Murphy outlines $100 million opioid plan — with no TV ads
There were 765 overdose deaths in N.J. so far in 2018. The proposed budget allocates money for treatment, addressing social risk factors and better tech.
Election 2018: ‘Every single House seat in New Jersey in play’
Monday’s filing deadline ended the inside-game portion of this year’s congressional primary season, with more than 50 candidates filing to run.
Gov. Murphy’s ‘millennial taxes’ will cause exodus, GOP argues
It’s not just the big tax increases in Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget that are stirring opposition. There's also proposed tax on e-cigs, among others.
Self-driving cars stuck in NJ Legislature’s slow lane
Twenty-two states have enacted legislation related to self-driving cars. New Jersey is thinking about joining them – but isn’t in a rush.
Murphy school aid plan not acceptable to Republicans or Democrats
Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal ran into bipartisan opposition at Wednesday’s first budget hearing – and not just about the planned tax increases.