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 looks to shift Sandy funds, with near 1,000 still not yet home
A hearing is planned Tuesday in Toms River on the state’s plan to reallocate $60 million in Sandy recovery funds toward homeowner and rental housing.
Property taxes jumped another $639M in NJ in 2018
The increase in the statewide property tax levy was 2.2 percent, pushing it to $29.8 billion. The average bill was up 0.9 percent to $8,767.
NJ plans for the PARCC: Fix the law or scrap the grad exam?
The court ruling that struck down the way New Jersey uses PARCC exams as a graduation requirement won’t mean the end of standardized tests in the state.
$100M in taxpayer funds to New Jersey horse tracks? You bet
State lawmakers are moving to provide $100 million in state funding to horse racing tracks to increase the purses paid to race winners.
NJ sues Trump administration over seismic testing in Atlantic
New Jersey is one of nine states that sued the federal government Thursday, seeking to reverse the initial approval for seismic testing off the Atlantic coast.
Murphy in 2019: Marijuana, minimum wage … and more taxes?
Gov. Phil Murphy says his agenda for 2019 starts with the things that didn’t get done in 2018 – and that could include another dose of 'tax fairness.'
Chief: Murphy’s own lawyers said don’t tell him about rape allegation
Chief of staff said he told a state official accused of rape to leave his job 10 weeks earlier than it was known he was urged to depart.
You can’t have large ammo magazines in NJ. But soon cops could
A law enacted in May reducing the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines in N.J. prompted some departments to block cops from carrying guns off-duty.
6 towns NJ just approved to open up medical marijuana shops
So long as their applications get state and local approvals, dispensaries will open Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Ewing, Paterson, Phillipsburg and Vineland.
Crucial two days ahead in NJ for $15 minimum wage debate
Staffers for Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders met Monday and will meet Wednesday to talk minimum wage. The lawmakers and governor then meet Thursday.