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.
Crucial Two Days Ahead in NJ for $15 Minimum Wage Debate
Staffers for Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders met Monday and will meet Wednesday to talk minimum wage. The lawmakers and governor then meet Thursday.
NJ Attorney General Opposes Change to Police Shooting Probes
Despite opposition from the state’s attorney general, an Assembly panel voted for a plan to require the state to handle all fatal police shootings.
NJ considering these ideas to reduce ‘deer epidemic’
Urged on by farmers, some lawmakers want to develop a package of bills in the new year aimed at reducing the number of deer in New Jersey.
NJ Plan for $15/Hr. Minimum Wage Too Slow and Weak, Advocates Cry
Lawmakers will cast their first votes Monday on incrementally raising the minimum wage, but final approval wouldn’t come until the Jan. 31 at the earliest.
Lawmakers Look at Shortening Penalties for Some Parole Violations
The bill would reduce by three months the amount of prison time a parolee would face for failing to report to their parole officer or comply with a special condition of their release, or for using illegal drugs if they’re deemed to be addicted.
Children Were Dying and State Health Officials Had No Idea
The state is already making changes in wake of the deadly adenovirus outbreak in Wanaque. Lawmakers want to make changes of their own.
NJ Voter Turnout Was Highest for a Midterm Since 1982
Fifty-six percent of registered voters turned out this year, two-thirds higher than the 36 percent in the midterm election four years earlier.
Murphy Joins Call for Countywide School Districts in Two Counties
The Murphy administration is beginning to unveil a series of initiatives aimed at dealing with property taxes, from more efforts to encourage shared services to the possibility of moving toward countywide school districts.
NJ Dems Looking to Tighten Their Grip by Changing District Map
Already in control of Trenton, Democrats seek to convert federal election success into Statehouse dominance.
Legal Marijuana in NJ: Bill Passes First Big Hurdle
Marijuana legalization in New Jersey took its first two steps Monday through the state Legislature, though the tallest hurdles remain to be cleared.