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.
Teacher pipeline in New Jersey shrinks by half in seven years
Fewer people are studying to become teachers in New Jersey, according to a report that suggests better pay and benefits would reverse the trend.
NJ mayors say $500B fund for states and towns a needed lifeline
With property tax payments lagging and other revenues plunging due to coronavirus shutdowns, mayors endorse $500B in proposed federal aid for governments.
Lawmakers push for NJ hospitality business loans – and way more
NJBIA and Assembly members say Murphy administration needs a plan for federal CARES Act funds that can be used to help small businesses.
Quick delivery likely for bill allowing support person at births
A bill ensuring hospitals let at least one individual accompany a woman into the delivery room during childbirth is on track for legislative approval next week.
Will pandemic increase interest in moving to NJ’s suburbs?
New Jersey home sales slowed in March and probably even moreso in April. With spring sales season lost, real-estate business hopes for a better summer and fall.
NJ joins with neighboring Northeast states to buy PPE together
Seven states are banding together to create a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to handle COVID-19.
Lawmaker: Improve mental health programs for COVID-19 responders
Legislation in development to create a mental-health hotline for health-care workers and first responders and improved insurance coverage for care.
In visit with Trump, Murphy says NJ may need $30B in federal aid
Gov. Phil Murphy visited the White House Thursday to thank President Donald Trump for the federal government’s help in responding to the novel coronavirus.
NJ jobless claims top 930,000 in six weeks, as 72,000 more file
The number of new filings was the fewest in six weeks since the coronavirus crisis began. It's also the sixth largest in 33-plus years of record keeping.
3 in 10 who’re eligible for food assistance in NJ aren’t enrolled
Nearly 300,000 New Jerseyans who are eligible for food stamps aren’t enrolled in the program, according to a new report from Hunger Free New Jersey.