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.
Tax collections surge, but Murphy still wants millionaires tax
Income tax collections surged to a record in April, as shortfalls in December and January proved to be merely delays, not a disappearance.
No gas tax hike this year? NJ treasurer ‘cautiously optimistic’
A few solid months of gas tax collections have eased concerns another increase might be triggered to reach revenue targets written into state law.
Shore house tax may be rolled back – but maybe after summer
A Senate panel voted to exempt Shore house bookings directly made by homeowners, without help from services like Airbnb, from new tax collection requirement.
State DOT’s winter weather bill approaches $82 million
Despite fewer storms and a 45% drop in the amount of rock salt and brine spread, the NJDOT's winter weather costs rose slightly this past winter.
NJ prison sex abuse complaints rise by 50% in one year
The state's prisons chief says more time is needed to change system's sex abuse culture.
NJ Transit resists calls to increase its state operating subsidy
Echoing calls of advocacy groups, the second-ranking Senate Democrat calls for up to $75 million in additional state funding for NJ Transit operations.
Overtime rising in NJ prisons to 775,000 hours, $38 million
Acting Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks says it's difficult to keep up with attrition and that recruiting classes are getting smaller.
Murphy suggests $15M to help shift town services to counties
Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposes putting some money behind the talk of consolidating local government services.
Camden tax breaks the focus of Murphy’s incentives task force
A task force examining potential abuses of the state’s tax incentive programs sharpened its focus on projects in Camden at its second public hearing.
New funding for NJ colleges called welcome but insufficient
The Murphy administration has a new strategic plan for colleges that ties some funding to student-based outcomes. In total, it adds $14 million in funds.