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.
No School Funding Deal Without Permanent Tax Hikes, Murphy Says
Gov. Phil Murphy says the school-funding overhaul being advanced by the Legislature after months of negotiations with his office is “a very good path” forward – but isn’t sustainable unless lawmakers find a different plan for tax hikes.
Murphy: Short-term Taxes Jeopardize Long-term NJ Transit Fix
Now that Democrats are advancing their own budget plan, without the tax increases he wants, Gov. Phil Murphy is stepping up efforts to sell his blueprint.
11 Bills Against Child Sex Abuse Advance After Undercover NJEA Vids
A Senate panel advances an 11-bill package dealing with how schools handle sexual abuse allegations, on the heels of hidden-camera videos of union leaders.
NJ’s New Gun Laws: Higher Fees, Easier to Confiscate
Gov. Phil Murphy signs six new gun-control measures, including "red flag" laws designed to temporarily take guns from people deemed dangerous.
Should Cop Who Watched Three Teens Burn to Death Get Special Pension?
New Jersey’s pension funds pay $219 million a year in accidental disability pensions to over 5,100 people. That includes 7% of all recipients in the Police & Firemen’s Retirement System.
Legal Sports Betting Approved in NJ — Could Start Any Day Now
Legal sports betting could begin in New Jersey at any time, now that legislation allowing it has passed. It might even start before Gov. Phil Murphy signs it.
MVC Collects $1.2B in Fees but Can’t Upgrade its Computer System
Terminals at MVC offices are nearly 40 years old and the agency’s servers are near the end of their life. A modernization contract awarded in 2008 wound up being cancelled.
They Get $190,000 Pensions! NJ Retirement System Hits $11 Billion
Expect lawmakers to renew attention this summer on making changes to public worker pensions, despite Gov. Phil Murphy saying more changes should wait.
NJ Lawmakers Criticize Teachers Union Culture After Seeing Raw Videos
The NJEA says it isn't ignoring comments about sex abuse allegations – but that they're false and potentially misleading. Lawmakers have seen the raw video.
Democrats Agree on School Aid Changes, Not Yet Endorsed by Murphy
Senate President Steve Sweeney says a bill redistributing more than a half-billion dollars in state aid over seven years will be approved next week.