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.
Murphy, in South Jersey, renews push to revamp tax breaks
Governor: "We must prove to the people of New Jersey than we can focus on more than one challenge at one time."
NJ voters OK’d library funds in ’17 but won’t be spent until ’20
Talk about overdue library borrowing. Voters OK'd a $125 million bond for library improvements in 2017, but the awards won't be made until 2020.
NJ moves to preserve Affordable Care Act by making it state law
The Affordable Care Act is being challenged in federal court and altered by the Trump administration. New Jersey might turn it into state law.
NJ plans to add 100+ new medical marijuana businesses
A rapid expansion of New Jersey's medical marijuana program may go beyond what lawmakers envision in bill one vote from reaching Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.
Biz owners: If town overtaxes you, this would let it keep $$ for 3 years
Businesses that win property tax appeals might have to wait three years, rather than two months, to be repaid their excess taxes, under a pending bill.
Medical marijuana expansion approved by NJ Senate, expungement delayed
Final legislative approval of medical marijuana expansion is likely June 10. Senate tweaked the bill to further encourage the industry's workers to unionize.
‘Safe touch’ sex-abuse prevention lessons would start in pre-K
A bill on Gov. Phil Murphy's desk, passed unanimously, would make NJ the 36th state to add age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention to school curriculum.
Bill mandates eye exams for all kids (though most don’t need it)
Ophthalmologists stand to gain a lot of work from the proposal but say it's an unnecessary burden on children and families. Improve screenings, they say.
NJ to start naming gun dealers whose items trafficked into state
New Jersey cities to team with Brady Campaign on local gun-violence strategies, such as Identifying out-of-state dealers whose guns find a way to their streets.
NJ could allow drivers with minimal insurance to sue for hospital costs
Lawmakers moved quickly on a bill restoring the ability of people with bare-bones insurance to sue for medical bills exceeding their $15,000 injury coverage.