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.
You Really Like Him: Murphy’s Job Approval Hits 54%
Gov. Phil Murphy's 54 percent job approval tops the peak of each of New Jersey's past two elected Democratic governors, as measured by the Quinnipiac Poll.
You Pay Fees to Boost 911 Services. That’s Not Where Most of it Goes
A federal regulator pushing states to stop diverting 911 fees has brought his campaign to the practice’s top culprit, New Jersey.
NJ Transit Trying to Recruit More Engineers to Get Trains on Time
Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration Thursday revealed plans for addressing a shortage of NJ Transit engineers that has contributed to a wave of canceled train trips this summer.
New Plan for NJ’s Public Infrastructure: Let Developers Build It
What’s a cash-strapped government to do when it wants to upgrade its infrastructure? Under a new law, they can partner with private developers to finance it.
NJ gov’t plan to merge half of all school districts — Yours on list?
Advocates say consolidation is about improving education in smaller schools but would also save an undetermined amount of spending.
Cut Pensions and Benefits, Merge Schools, New Tolls — Plan to Overhaul NJ
A working group organized by the Legislature has pitched a major overhaul of state and local government in New Jersey, teeing up a major battle.
U.S. Senate Race is Close – But NJ Has Been Here Before
New Jersey’s Senate races have been here before: polls closer than expected in the summer, raising GOP hopes of ending that a winless streak dating to 1972.
Dead Retirees Cost NJ Pension Funds $650 Million a Year
Survivor benefits account for $650 million a year in pension payments in New Jersey. They're required and not controversial – and sometimes last for decades.
Are You Living Next to a Ticking Time Bomb? It’s a Secret in NJ
Last weekend’s partial collapse of a railroad bridge in North Jersey served as a reminder that railroads are reluctant to share inspection reports.
NJ Puts Polluters on Notice: Files 6 Lawsuits, Says More Coming
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the actions mark the biggest single-day environmental enforcement effort in New Jersey in at least 10 years.