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.
How to ‘turbo-charge’ New Jersey’s economy for next 10 years
After a decade in which New Jersey’s economy grew at only around one-fifth the national pace, Summit-based McKinsey & Company is suggesting ways to keep up.
‘Unpleasant but necessary’ actions NJ’s next governor may need to tackle
A philanthropic group called The Fund for New Jersey wants candidates running for governor and Legislature to know just what they getting into.
Add more debt to NJ’s books? NJ voters may decide library bond
It’s now up to Gov. Chris Christie to decide whether to ask voters if the state should borrow $125 million to improve public libraries around New Jersey.
NJ government shutdown continues with no end in sight
“It could be infinity. It could go right until I leave office,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “... The cap is when the budget reaches my desk."
Budget impasse leads to NJ government shutdown – here’s what’s open & closed
Gov. Chris Christie has directed nonessential state services to be shut down because New Jersey’s new fiscal year began Saturday without an approved budget.
Shutdown sit-down: Christie invites top Democrats to meet
Gov. Chris Christie has invited top Democrats to his office for a meeting on the budget impasse, with just hours before a possible state government shutdown.
Revised school funding: Middlesex, Union win big; Ocean, Monmouth lose
In most districts, last-minute cuts to school funding have been shrunk by more than half. But they'd still get less under a plan due to pass Thursday.
Paid leave expansion could mean NJ workers pay higher payroll tax
The Senate is set to give final legislative approval to a plan to expand New Jersey’s paid family leave – more time off, with more pay, for more reasons.
NJ property taxes up $700M in 2016 — See how your bill compares
Property taxes increased by 2.54% in 2016 across New Jersey, a New Jersey 101.5 analysis finds. The average bill rose $196, or 2.35%, and now exceeds $8,500.
Republicans join NJ teachers union to fight ‘catastrophic’ school aid changes
The idea of cutting promised aid to 126 districts prompts an unusual alliance. The Senate president says it's 'pandering' not to trim where enrollments are down.