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 Picks Son of Immigrants to be Attorney General — and Fight Trump
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy purposely selected first Sikh to serve as attorney general in America to battle Trump administration on issues such as immigration.
Expungement Expansion Sent to Christie by Lawmakers
A bundle of changes to New Jersey’s expungement system was approved Thursday by lawmakers, enabling more people to become eligible more quickly to erase more offenses from their criminal records.
How Will Murphy Tackle NJ’s $90B Pension Deficit?
Commission chairman Tom Healey says the pension deficit has grown from $80B to $90B over the last three years, despite larger contributions and committing 30 years of proceeds from the state lottery toward the pension payments.
It’s the Championship Game for NJ’s Sports Betting Gamble
Gov. Chris Christie and state senators will be in Washington for Monday's Supreme Court hearing on New Jersey's bid to legalize sports betting.
First Step Toward Banning, Confiscating Bump Stocks in NJ
A plan to ban the sale and possession in New Jersey of attachments called bump stocks that make semiautomatic rifles shoot faster sailed through an Assembly committee Thursday.
NJ’s Governor’s Race Cost $79 Million But Had Lowest Turnout Ever
Around $79 million was spent on the 2017 gubernatorial election cycle. Voter turnout in November was 38.5 percent.
Murphy: Full-Speed Ahead on Millionaires Tax, Legalizing Marijuana
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy says he understands why lawmakers are sounding cautious about both raising income taxes on millionaires and legalizing marijuana but remains committed to enacting those promises.
Murphy: NJ ‘Poised To Be the Comeback Story of This Nation’
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy stuck to familiar themes from the campaign while speaking to the League of Municipalities. He didn't address interest arbitration.
Proposal Would Make Sex-Harassment Settlements Public in NJ
The cascade of stories about powerful men who had engaged in sexual misconduct, only to have the settlements of subsequent lawsuits kept secret, may prompt state lawmakers to act to require records of such payments to be public.
NJ Schools Among the Most Segregated — and Getting Worse, Report Says
A new study finds school segregation in New Jersey isn’t getting much better for black students – and has gotten notably more severe for Hispanic ones.