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’s lead water pipes a billion-dollar concern without a solution
A lot of concern though no ambitious solutions about how to deal with lead leaching into drinking water through old service lines, at a Thursday budget hearing.
Lawmakers question plan for significant hike in NJ gun fees
Lawmakers expressed resistance at a budget hearing Wednesday to Gov. Phil Murphy’s plan to raise gun taxes and fees by just over $9 million.
NJ bail reform working as expected — including running low on funds
Court filing fees are used to pay for pretrial services programs but don't bring in enough money to cover the costs. Its surplus will run out in about a year.
NJ hoping for ‘April surprise’ of near-record $3B income tax payments
The state is counting on a robust but not unprecedented $3 billion in income taxes this month, exceeding what the tax generated in a whole year before 1991.
Gas tax hike coming? Treasurer says no, sales trend says yes
Gasoline sales continue to decline in New Jersey, raising the possibility of another gas-tax hike this fall. The Murphy administration thinks it can be avoided.
NJ Health Dept. calls for rapid growth in medical pot dispensaries
New Jersey current has six medical marijuana ATCs, with six more now seeking permits. The state Health Department says 90 will be needed in three years.
Jackson Hewitt lied to get $2.7M tax break from NJ, executive says
A former executive at Jackson Hewitt says the company pretended it might move its headquarters to NYC and Florida in order to qualify for tax breaks.
Lawmakers encouraged to add millions to Murphy’s budget plan
From $54 million for direct support professionals to $4 million for local news startups, lawmakers heard an earful of funding requests at a budget hearing.
‘No’ or ‘not yet?’ Legal pot backers renew push for vote ASAP
After missing Monday's self-imposed deadline for voting on marijuana legislation, Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers say talks will continue to tweak the bill.
New Jersey’s incredibly shrinking property tax relief program
Homestead benefits once accounted for $1 of every $15 the state spent. They're now $1 of every $135. Inflation pushes out tens of thousands of homes each year.