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.
NJ Gets Ready to Allow Sports Betting
A Supreme Court decision on whether to allow legal sports betting in New Jersey could come within days. Or maybe next month. But certainly by the end of June.
Is Bail Reform Working in NJ? Report Coming This Fall
Other states are calling New Jersey to learn about its groundbreaking criminal justice reforms – which are on track to run out of funds in about two years.
Murphy’s Treasurer: ‘Not a Lot of New Programs’ in $2.7B Increase
Acting state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio says 83% of proposed new spending goes toward pensions, health benefits, debt and Medicaid.
Affordable Housing Solution Coming for NJ, Lt. Gov. Promises
With lawsuits and judges now determining affordable housing obligations, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said a solution to the long-neglected issue will be a priority of the Murphy administration.
Physician-Assisted Suicide Up for Debate Again in NJ
Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live would be able to obtain a prescription for medication that, if taken, would end their lives.
Alcohol More Dangerous Than Weed, NJ Health Commissioner Tells Lawmakers
A report suggesting changes to NJ's medical marijuana program will be filed by March 24. "An entire slew of recommendations," says acting health commissioner.
Sweeney: Tax Companies That Got Federal Windfall to Fund Schools
Senate President Stephen Sweeney is proposing to raise taxes by one-third on nearly 2,400 corporations with profits of over $1 million, saying they got a windfall from federal tax reform.
NJ Senate President to Towns: Share Services, Cut Taxes — or Else!
Legislation that would push local governments to share services, in part by threatening to withhold funds if they don’t, is again moving in the Senate.
NJ Lawmakers Advance 6 Gun Bills, Including New Restraining Orders
At a five and a half hour hearing Wednesday during which gun owners and gun-control advocates traded turns at the microphones, a state Assembly committee started a half-dozen bills on a path toward a governor eager to sign them.
Murphy Directs New Economic Council to Find Outside Funding
The Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council, made up mostly of administration officials, is to help identify federal, foundational, and philanthropic funds.