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 Transit Riders, Get Ready for Possible Fare Hike Next Summer
Stable funding is one of NJ Transit's big problems, auditors said. Their report suggests alternatives, but Gov. Phil Murphy signaled a fare hike is possible.
Scaled-back Bear Hunt Begins Monday, Despite Murphy’s Objection
A bear hunt that has nobody happy starts Monday in northwest New Jersey. It's the ninth year in a row with a hunt, though this one's barred from state lands.
New Jersey’s Gas Tax Rises 4.3 Cents a Gallon Monday
The 22.6-cent increase approved in 2016 allows for yearly increases if collections go down. They were $125 million short last year.
NJ Looks to Overhaul DWI Law: Emphasize Ignition Locks, Cut Suspensions
Drunk-driving penalties for first-time offenders would be revamped if a bill endorsed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee makes it into law.
NJ Could Turn Foreclosed Homes Into Affordable Housing Under Proposed Law
Foreclosures remain a significant problem, though not the crisis of a few years ago, and lawmakers and the courts are advancing ideas to address the issue.
NJ Utilities May Get Power to Chop Trees, Whether You Like It or Not
A bill advancing in the Legislature would give electric utilities wide latitude to trim or remove vegetation, even if local shade tree commissions object.
NJ Could Raise Taxes on United Airlines by $20 Million
A Senate committee endorsed a plan to hike taxes on United Airlines, despite warnings that it could raise airfares or reduce routes at Newark Airport.
PARCC Change Vote Delayed by NJ State Board of Education
A planned vote was postponed on changes related to standardized PARCC exams that would give students more alternatives to qualify for high-school graduation.
NJ Rally Demands Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants
A few hundred people rallied Thursday outside the Statehouse in support of making undocumented immigrants eligible for New Jersey driver’s licenses.
NJ Gets 146 Applications to Run Six Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
New Jersey’s health department has plenty of options to assess as it awards licenses for six new medicinal marijuana operators.