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 colleges prepare to prevent ‘lost generation’ of students
Higher education leaders prepare for increased demand for remedial courses and mental health services as students return to campus behind due to pandemic.
MVC considering putting kiosks in municipal buildings
Many transactions can be done online, though some people lack access or find that challenging. Eventually, the tech shift could lead to job reductions.
Despite population jump, Murphy not raising NJ vaccine goal
The oft-mentioned goal of fully vaccinating 4.7 million New Jersey adults is based on the 2010 Census. The population has grown almost 500,000 since then.
Defying expectations, NJ added a half million residents in 2010s
The 2020 Census finds 5.7% growth in New Jersey in the last decade, far above the 1% expected. The state will maintain its 12 House seats.
Legal marijuana battles shift to town halls and Congress
While the Cannabis Regulatory Commission works on private lab rules, local officials and Congress will decide what comes next with legal marijuana.
NJ seeks to turn around veterans’ homes after 156 COVID deaths
In budget hearings, legislators seem pleased with the direction of the Department of Military & Veterans' Affairs, now led by a former field surgeon.
Coming soon online: Details for why unemployment benefits delayed
Status messages about claims being pending or unpayable would gain details about the specific reason they're paused, under an upgrade planned in state budget.
‘Stand by what we did': NJ defends COVID cases in nursing homes
More than 8,000 COVID deaths are linked to nursing homes in New Jersey. Health commissioner says the directives were clear and were understood by most.
NJ Transit fare hikes unlikely through at least 2024
Federal aid and transfers from the Turnpike Authority have NJ Transit chief hopeful to avoid fare hikes for three years, if ridership rebounds as expected.
J&J vaccine pause will delay fix for MVC closure problems
Motor Vehicle Commission was beginning a program to vaccinate agency staff, but that's on hold as the safety of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is reviewed.