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.
Murphy plan to solve NJ school mental health debate: Fund both
The state will proceed with its switch to a new model for a school-linked mental health program – but for one year, keep funding the existing one, too.
NJ seeing a problem with more kids getting diet and muscle pills
Lawmakers and advocates say the change is needed to address an increase in body image issues leading to eating disorders.
Are your cops biased or corrupt? NJ to expand public reports on discipline
Police departments in New Jersey will have to disclose more information about serious misconduct by their officers starting in 2023.
Vote restores NJ bear hunt, sets its December 2022 start date
Dozens of opponents turned out at the meeting of the Fish and Game Council, which voted unanimously to restore the annual hunt.
NJ concealed-carry gun bill rewritten to gain key endorsements
With changes to ensure that retired officers aren't affected, police unions now back the proposed legislation.
NJ gets millions of dollars from Google in settlement over ‘misleading conduct’
All told, Google will pay $391.5 million to 40 states in what is the largest-ever multistate privacy settlement with state attorneys general.
Lawmakers look to crack down on nursing homes that don’t improve
Sponsors say the intention isn't to be punitive, but the escalating penalties could include the loss of beds for Medicaid-paid residents.
Report finds lots of problems with training at NJ State Police
A periodic report by the state comptroller says the State Police are shortening or eliminating training courses and not vetting some instructors and coaches.
NJ town blocks show by Proud Boys founder, fearing confrontation
Rutherford officials stepped in Thursday to block the founder of the far-right Proud Boys from holding a comedy show at a downtown arts center.
Murphy changes his mind about NJ bear hunt after scary encounters and backlash
Last year was the first in New Jersey without a bear hunt since 2009. With complaints of bear interactions rising, a vote next week could restore it.