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 finances at the cliff: Down 60% in April, $10B gap forecast
State revenues were down $3.5 billion in April, almost 60% less than a year earlier. Some might be delayed, not lost, as the tax deadline shifted to July.
Bramnick wants Legislature to start hearings on reopening economy
Restless Republicans are pushing for faster action by the Murphy administration in responding to the economic impact of the novel coronavirus.
Hotels push back on bill imposing new cleaning, staffing rules
The lodging industry says it has its own plans centered around keyless entry and no-contact check-ins.
A plan to get ‘every single body we can’ helping with unemployment
A Senate committee votes Tuesday on a bill allowing civil-service employees to be transferred during emergencies, as a way to help process unemployment claims.
NJ close to OKing $100 million for rental assistance in pandemic
Even before the pandemic, 1 in 10 New Jersey adults was considered "housing unstable," either without a steady place to live or worried they'd lose it.
Vote-only-by-mail in 32 NJ towns this week. Is whole state next?
The coronavirus pushed New Jersey to conduct its first vote-by-mail-only election. The July primary could be held the same way.
NJ plan would furlough public workers, who’d actually get paid more
A job-sharing furlough plan could save governments hundreds of millions and raise incomes by drawing down extra CARES Act unemployment funds.
NJ looks to let towns borrow big to patch coronavirus deficits
In a party-line vote, an Assembly panel voted to let counties and municipalities sell ‘coronavirus relief bonds’ to navigate the pandemic's financial fallout.
Jobless claims rising again in NJ, now top 1 million in pandemic
In the seven weeks since shutdowns were ordered due to the public health emergency, more than 1 million New Jerseyans have filed for unemployment benefits.
Hope for Jersey Shore’s 2020 economy as a driving destination
Stockton University webinar says summer could be salvaged because Shore is a driving destination – but only if businesses get permission to reopen soon.