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.
Now or Much, Much Later? Candidates Differ on Pace for NJ Pension Reform
In their final debate, Phil Murphy and Kim Guadagno promised vastly different timetables for seeking structural changes to public-worker pensions.
Group Urges NJ to Find $1B and Fully Fund School-Aid Formula — Now
A 'Crossroads NJ' education report says the state needs to recommit to its long-abandoned school-aid formula, including an expansion of preschool. The cost? $1 billion.
NJ’s Lieutenant Governor Candidates Face-Off Monday Night
Lots of people don't know the candidates for governor, so the nominees for lieutenant governor -- Sheila Oliver and Carlos Rendo -- are surely a mystery.
Murphy Crushing Opponents in Fundraising for NJ Governor’s Race
Democratic nominee Phil Murphy has had 3.5 times more financial resources than Republican nominee Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, according to campaign-finance reports issued Thursday.
Report Suggests NJ Commit $600 Million For Affordable Housing — Who Would Pay?
A new report from the Fund for NJ says the state is in a bind – too few homes residents can afford, too many homes in aging suburbs, and not enough political will to address the challenge.
Are NJ Rent and House Prices So High Because We Have Too Many School Districts?
One land-use expert says New Jersey towns would be more welcoming of needed new homes if school systems were regionalized.
Is Nursing Board Leaving the Public at Risk? Christie Administration, Critics Clash
State says it has cut into a backlog in processing nursing licenses, but critics say persistent management and budget issues put the public at risk.
‘He’s a Liar’ — Christie Feuds With Top Democrat Over Opioid Funding
Gov. Chris Christie fired back Wednesday after Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto criticized him for redirecting unspent funds that had been budgeted for Tuition Aid Grants and preschool expansion to instead pay for opioid programs.
Christie OK With Federal Proposal That Would Raise Taxes for Many in NJ
Gov. Christie said he doesn’t oppose a federal proposal to eliminate the state and local tax deduction Wednesday, the same day a report from a liberal think tank warned the tax plan would mean a tax hike for more than one-fourth of New Jersey taxpayers.
Moving Out: Millennials Becoming Generation Ex-New Jerseyans
Millennials are leaving many parts of New Jersey, drawn to other places where people can walk to work, shopping and recreation – and where they have a better shot at affording a place to live.