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.
Expecting — and Praying for — Licenses for Undocumented This Year
Advocates for driver’s licenses for immigrants who aren’t legally in the country say they’re confident lawmakers will vote to approve them within two months.
Menendez Unpopular but Retains Narrowing Lead in Senate Race
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, due to support among women and minorities, leads Republican Bob Hugin, 51 percent to 44 percent, in a new Quinnipiac University Poll.
Scandal or Mistake, Murphy Hiring Questions ‘Incredibly Damaging’
Whether from the #MeToo perspective, or just appearing outmatched, Gov. Phil Murphy is left politically weakened by the response to sexual misconduct claims.
Hydrogen-powered Cars? Lawmakers Think They Could Jolt NJ Economy
Two Assembly committees heard how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are used in cars, equipment and more. It was more about the economy than the science.
Minimum Wage Rising to $8.85; Poll Says Go Further, But Not $15
New Jersey’s minimum wage goes up by 25 cents an hour on January 1. Three-fourths of New Jersey adults support increasing it further, says a new FDU poll.
NJ Transit Riders, Get Ready for Possible Fare Hike Next Summer
Stable funding is one of NJ Transit's big problems, auditors said. Their report suggests alternatives, but Gov. Phil Murphy signaled a fare hike is possible.
Scaled-back Bear Hunt Begins Monday, Despite Murphy’s Objection
A bear hunt that has nobody happy starts Monday in northwest New Jersey. It's the ninth year in a row with a hunt, though this one's barred from state lands.
New Jersey’s Gas Tax Rises 4.3 Cents a Gallon Monday
The 22.6-cent increase approved in 2016 allows for yearly increases if collections go down. They were $125 million short last year.
NJ Looks to Overhaul DWI Law: Emphasize Ignition Locks, Cut Suspensions
Drunk-driving penalties for first-time offenders would be revamped if a bill endorsed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee makes it into law.
NJ Could Turn Foreclosed Homes Into Affordable Housing Under Proposed Law
Foreclosures remain a significant problem, though not the crisis of a few years ago, and lawmakers and the courts are advancing ideas to address the issue.