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.
NJ bail reform changes possible for strangulation cases
Advocates say charge an indicator of future domestic violence. ACLU and public defender urge Legislature to move slowly in changing criminal justice reforms.
NJ lawmakers consider $50 a month cap on insulin prescriptions
A study shows insulin costs tripled between 2002 and 2013. Critics of the plan say it doesn't affect the cost of the drug, just shifts who pays for it.
NJ Senate advances professional, occupational licenses for ‘Dreamers’
Some unauthorized immigrants would be eligible to obtain professional and occupational licenses in New Jersey, under a bill advanced by a Senate panel.
Statue of NJ war hero at U.S. Capitol may be replaced by suffragist
A statue of women's rights leader Alice Paul might replace one of Maj. Gen. Philip Kearny in Statuary Hall, under a bill endorsed by the state Senate.
Sierra Club: More frequent buses, better info to improve NJT
New Sierra Club reports suggest ways NJ Transit could increase ridership, including more reliable information about schedules and service disruptions.
NJ considers scaled-back $75 raise for election workers
Union County elections administrator says the raise could help with the increasing challenge of recruiting and retaining poll workers.
Sweeney says NJ Transit funding plan coming within two weeks
Senate President Steve Sweeney intends to announced a plan for funding NJ Transit that includes a constitutional amendment ensuring the money isn't diverted.
Big step for Portal Bridge project: Feds upgrade priority rating
The switch to a "medium-high" priority doesn't get the project started, but it puts it in line to receive funding and take other final steps.
NJ Senate votes to allow endorsement deals for college athletes
The NCAA is acting on the issue. The bill's sponsor says that's in part because more than 30 states are following California's lead in allowing endorsement pay.
Want medical marijuana? NJ may allow it through virtual doctor visits
Patients not in a long-term care facility, with a developmental disability, terminally ill or housebound would still need in-person doctor visit first.