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.
$100M in Taxpayer Funds to New Jersey Horse Tracks? You Bet
State lawmakers are moving to provide $100 million in state funding to horse racing tracks to increase the purses paid to race winners.
NJ Sues Trump Administration Over Seismic Testing in Atlantic
New Jersey is one of nine states that sued the federal government Thursday, seeking to reverse the initial approval for seismic testing off the Atlantic coast.
Murphy in 2019: Marijuana, Minimum Wage… and More Taxes?
Gov. Phil Murphy says his agenda for 2019 starts with the things that didn’t get done in 2018 – and that could include another dose of 'tax fairness.'
Chief: Murphy’s Own Lawyers Said Don’t Tell Him About Rape Allegation
Gov. Phil Murphy’s chief of staff said Tuesday that he told an administration official who had been accused of rape to leave his job 10 weeks earlier than it had been known he was urged to depart – but never followed up on that late March request.
You Can’t Have Large Ammo Magazines in NJ, But Soon Cops Could
A law enacted in May reducing the maximum capacity of ammunition magazines in NJ prompted some departments to block cops from carrying guns off-duty.
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.