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.
Hicks forced out as NJ prisons chief, after report on Edna Mahan
Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks announced his resignation, one day after a report on violence at the women's prison. Lawmakers had sought his departure.
NJ to expand prescription drug programs to 20,000+ more seniors
Lawmakers have begun advancing a plan offered by Gov. Phil Murphy in the proposed budget to expand income eligibility by $10,000 for PAAD and Senior Gold.
NJ Supreme Court: Details on disciplined cops can be released
Unanimous ruling upholds Attorney General Gurbir Grewal directives making public names and summaries of major discipline. A judge will decide on past cases.
Murphy says NJ will close troubled Edna Mahan women’s prison
Governor releases the independent report commissioned after the Jan. 11 violent cell extractions and says a multi-year process to close the prison will begin.
Child care tops suggestions for heading off next ‘she-cession’
When the economy was rocked by the pandemic, women suffered a disproportionate amount of the brunt of what some called a 'she-cession.'
NJ Legislature honors Anthony Fauci, target of GOP criticism
The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has emerged as a partisan flashpoint, and the debate in Trenton reflected that.
Bill passes ending NJ health emergency, preserving some powers
Gov. Phil Murphy says he will sign the bill into law Friday. Hundreds protested outside the Statehouse as it passed along partisan lines.
First county in NJ reaches goal: 70% of adults fully vaccinated
Morris County has reached the 70% goal. Statewide, according to the CDC, 62% of adults are fully vaccinated and 74% have gotten at least one COVID shot.
NJ programs may start helping cover costs of medical marijuana
PAAD, Senior Gold, Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund and Victims of Crime Compensation Office would cover or share costs for patients' cannabis.
Thursday vote planned on NJ emergency powers bill, with these six changes
Vote scheduled on revised legislation extending some of Gov. Phil Murphy’s pandemic powers beyond this month’s planned end of the public health emergency.