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 suing Trump administration (again) over tax law
New Jersey is going to federal court over a new IRS rule that blocks the local government charities the state OK'd to sidesteps limits on tax deductions.
Four new NJ gun laws, including revamped push for ‘smart guns’
Gov. Phil Murphy signed four new gun laws, adding to what the Giffords Law Center already ranks as the second-strongest set of laws among the 50 states.
A guide to fair elections? A plan for redistricting in NJ
Academics from five universities are recommending ways to improve how New Jersey redraws the boundaries of its 40 legislative districts after the census.
Environmentalists: Murphy’s sabotaging climate change goals
The BPU begins public hearings on the 2050 energy goals this week. Environmentalists are pushing for a faster pivot to renewable sources.
Partial repeal of NJ rental-home tax near … maybe
A bill has been on Gov. Phil Murphy's desk since late June that would repeal the sales and accommodation taxes now charged on some short-term rentals.
Ocean County prepares to sue NJ over immigration rules
Ocean County freeholders direct their counsel to research a federal lawsuit challenging limits on voluntary assistance by New Jersey law enforcement.
For first time since 1980s, NJ hires a state dental director
Dr. Darwin Hayes' priorities include a comprehensive oral health plan, a surveillance system to track outcomes and integrating oral care into primary care.
Tax breaks divide: Camden on trial? Or a fiscal crime scene?
A task force directed by Gov. Phil Murphy to investigate New Jersey's corporate tax credits hears from the public. Most of the focus was on Camden.
2 new laws help NJ 9/11 first-responders who fell ill
First responders whose careers are cut short by illness now have easier access to workers’ compensation and accidental disability benefits in New Jersey.
Murphy: ‘There’s no bias’ in picking $235M in spending to freeze
Gov. Phil Murphy says he's confident in process used to impound spending, after Senate President Steve Sweeney calls it "Bridgegate on steroids."