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.
After minimum wage hike, NJ considers tax breaks for hiring teens
The law increasing New Jersey's minimum wage included $10M in tax credits for hiring workers with disabilities. Another $10M might be added for hiring teens.
Medical marijuana will be easier to get — even home delivery
Patients can soon buy more medical marijuana more each month, with eventual home delivery. The sales tax will fade away, though local taxes may be coming.
NJ has no biz tax incentive program for first time since 1996
It's a casualty of the budget battle.
No shutdown: But Murphy cuts spending, impounds more in 2020 budget
Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed $48.5 million from the budget and impounded up to $235 million more while doing so.
Extra $50M in state funds for NJ Transit won’t be cut by Murphy
The $50M added to the state budget by lawmakers for the subsidy to NJ Transit will remain in the spending plan when it is enacted Sunday by Gov. Phil Murphy.
Murphy: ‘Stone-cold crazy stupid’ to cut community college grants
The program's first semester cost around $20M for grants to students. Murphy sought $58.5M for two semesters. Lawmakers OK'd $25M – and expanded eligibility.
Democratic tensions reach boiling point as budget deadline nears
On Gov. Phil Murphy's third day of asking "Whose side are you on?" Senate President Steve Sweeney says governor has no agenda and is beholden to unions.
Murphy still pushing for $21.5M opioid tax that lawmakers didn’t take up
Murphy says Legislature's budget gives a pass to opioid manufacturers by not levying a projected $21.5 million a year in taxes and fees.
No progress yet toward budget or tax incentives agreement
Nearly half the time has passed between the Legislature’s approval of a budget and extending business tax incentives and the June 30 deadline for enacting them.
Lawmakers consider new concussion, heat rules for H.S. sports
A three-bill package aimed at improving safety for high school athletes awaits action in the Assembly after unanimously passing the Senate.