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.
Alcohol more dangerous than weed, NJ health commissioner tells lawmakers
A report suggesting changes to NJ's medical marijuana program will be filed by March 24. "An entire slew of recommendations," says acting health commissioner.
Plans to boost benefits for NJ’s vulnerable get another look
Lawmakers are again acting on plans to boost 'heat and eat' benefits and expand reach of emergency assistance to prevent homelessness.
Sweeney: Tax companies that got federal windfall to fund schools
Senate president says NJ can generate $650 million by adding 3 percent to tax paid by most profitable corporations. He'd put it into school funding.
NJ Senate president to towns: Share services, cut taxes — or else!
Legislation that would push local governments to share services, in part by threatening to withhold funds if they don’t, is again moving in the Senate.
NJ lawmakers advance 6 gun bills, including new restraining orders
At a five and a half hour hearing Wednesday, an Assembly committee started a half-dozen bills on a path toward a governor eager to sign them.
Murphy directs new economic council to find outside funding
The Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council, made up mostly of administration officials, is to help identify federal, foundational and philanthropic funds.
Blood money? Bill would pull NJ pensions from gun investments
A new bill sponsored by Democratic lawmakers would prohibit New Jersey's pension funds from investing in manufacturers of firearms or ammunition.
New Jersey forms gun safety coalition with three Northeast states
The idea was in development for a year, first as a campaign promise of Gov. Phil Murphy, who said the work accelerated after the Florida school shooting.
Report says increase, expand NJ sales tax — you won’t notice it
The latest suggestion for how New Jersey can find extra tax collections for its imbalanced budget is focused on the sales tax.
NJ moves to expand contraception coverage for new moms
New Jersey will expand the availability of long-acting reversible contraception methods through its Medicare program, which covers more than 300,000 women.