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.
Report Says Increase, Expand NJ Sales Tax — You Won’t Notice It
The latest suggestion for how New Jersey can find extra tax collections for its imbalanced budget is focused on the sales tax – including returning the rate to 7% to generate more than $600M more for the state.
Marijuana in NJ: What Elected Officials are Worried About
A healthy dose of skepticism was evident Tuesday at a standing-room-only educational seminar for local and state officials on marijuana legalization.
Forget Legalization in NJ — They Just Want Decriminalization
Legislation would establish civil fines for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana of $150 for a first offense and $200 for a second offense. It also eliminates all penalties for being under the influence of marijuana.
Man Who Wants to Oust Menendez Calls Him ‘Embarrassment’
Retired pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin, the likely Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, kicked off his campaign Tuesday.
Murphy’s Tax Hikes an ‘Absolute Last Resort,’ Sweeney Says
Senate President Steve Sweeney repeatedly sent Gov. Chris Christie a millionaires' tax he knew would be vetoed. He says federal tax reform changed things.
Murphy’s Tax Plan for NJ: Charity or Cheating?
Gov. Phil Murphy’s first move on property taxes: Keep them fully deductible under the new federal tax law by letting them be made to new municipal charities.
66 Towns in NJ Where Taxes Actually Went Down
The average residential property tax bill in New Jersey last year was $8,690 — up just 1.6 percent from the year before.
No Book Deal, But Salary Hikes for NJ Judges and Cabinet Are Back
Salaries for around 600 high-ranking state officials, including judges and Cabinet officers, would increase significantly under a bill moving in the Senate.
NJ Looks to Expand Voting by Mail and To 17-Year-Olds
“Why would we continue to mail out ballots after somebody has demonstrated after four years that they’re not voting? Don’t we put any responsibility upon them?” said Sen. Chris Brown, R-Atlantic.
Safer Than Ever? NJ Murder Rate the Lowest on Record
Murders in New Jersey plunged by the biggest amount in decades in 2017, with the murder rate apparently reaching its lowest level in more than a half-century of record keeping, preliminary data shows.