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.
N.J. considers ban on leasing dogs and cats
Pet leasing, a recent trend critics call deceptive to consumers, would be prohibited in New Jersey under a bill endorsed by an Assembly committee.
For 13,000 in NJ, tuition-free community college starts this week
The spring semester that begins this week at many N.J. community colleges will be tuition- and fee-free for about 13,000 students under a new state program.
NJEA members rally to reduce their share of health care costs
Hundreds of NJEA members delivered petitions with more than 116,000 signatures asking lawmakers to reduce what they pay for health insurance.
Deal reached on gradually raising NJ minimum wage to $15
New Jersey's elected leaders reached agreement on a $15 minimum wage – by 2024 for most, 2026 for seasonal and small-biz workers and 2027 for farm workers.
Murphy to snow-prep critics: Quit whining about the brining
Gov. Phil Murphy says he's "got no time for the overpreparing critics" who say he now overreacts to storms after one in November created a nightmare commute.
GOP on Murphy’s first year: ‘We don’t have the wallet to match his heart’
Republicans say the governor isn't making New Jersey affordable.
Warning sign or blip? NJ’s revenues drop way behind forecast
Halfway through fiscal 2019, tax collections are 2.1 percent ahead of their pace from one year earlier. New Jersey's budget counts on 7.5 percent growth.
One year into Murphy era, progressives ‘deeply disappointed’
Liberal activists say the state of the state is not as good as they expected it would be when voters paired Gov. Phil Murphy and a Democratic legislature.
Average NJ property tax bill is $8,767 — How does your town compare?
The average statewide residential tax bill rose by the smallest amount in decades.
Tempers and exhaustion rise as Murphy hiring inquiry continues
Gov. Phil Murphy's ethics counsel was rebuffed when she suggested an outside counsel look into Katie Brennan's sexual assault allegations.