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.
No school funding deal without permanent tax hikes, Murphy says
There are 10 days left to adopt a budget in time to avoid a potential state government shutdown.
Murphy: Short-term taxes jeopardize long-term NJ Transit fix
Now that Democrats are advancing their own budget plan, without the tax increases he wants, Gov. Phil Murphy is stepping up efforts to sell his blueprint.
11-year-old Rt. 80 crash survivor pleads: Put 3-point seat belts on buses
Lawmakers and the Murphy administration are looking at ways to improve school bus safety, following a crash lthat killed a student and teacher from Paramus.
Shutdown showdown: Dems to send budget Murphy says he’ll veto
A lot of sound, not that much fury, but signs of a government shutdown ahead, with the deadline for adopting a state budget now looming next week.
11 bills against child sex abuse advance after undercover NJEA vids
Senate panel advances an 11-bill package dealing with how schools handle sexual abuse allegations, on the heels of hidden-camera videos of union leaders.
NJ’s new gun laws: Higher fees, easier to confiscate
Gov. Phil Murphy signs six new gun-control measures, including "red flag" laws designed to temporarily take guns from people deemed dangerous.
Housing advocates hope lawmakers block Murphy from raiding funds
As much as $78 million in funds are at stake, if the fund diversions that began a decade ago continue. Murphy said as a candidate they'd stop.
NJ moving toward stricter rules for new, young drivers
Drivers would have to complete 50 hours of practice driving, and keep their initial permits for 12 months, before getting probationary driver’s license.
Should cop who watched 3 teens burn to death get special pension?
New Jersey’s pension funds pay $219 million a year in accidental disability pensions to over 5,100 people. That includes 7 percent of all recipients in the Police & Firemen’s Retirement System.
Murphy to sign 6 new gun-control laws Wednesday
The state Senate approved a half-dozen bills the Assembly had passed in April, including new rules for seizing guns from people deemed dangerous.