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.
An Idea to Make Presidential Candidates Pay Attention to NJ
A state lawmaker whose tenure expires in January is proposing a few significant overhauls to how elections and government work in New Jersey.
Menendez Says Thwarted Senate has Backup Immigration Reform Plans
Although the Senate parliamentarian ruled against Democrats’ bid to include significant immigration reform in the $3.5 trillion social-program spending bill, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said Monday that isn’t the last word.
Most Edibles Out as NJ Opts for Slow Start to Legal Marijuana
Brownies are out, cookies are out, gummies are out – though lozenges are in.
How NJ Spends $10M a Year Trying to Tame Property Taxes
NJ budgets $10M/year for a variety of grants to local governments to encourage shared services, with the goal of cutting or at least restraining the state’s tops-in-the-nation property tax bills.
NJ Pension Fund to Divest from Ben & Jerry’s Over Israel Boycott
NJ has informed Unilever it intends to divest its $182M in pension fund investments in the company over a decision by its Ben & Jerry’s ice cream subsidiary not to sell any products in Palestinian territories occupied by Israel.
NJ Electric Vehicle Incentives Out of Cash, Going on Hold Again
NJ’s incentive program providing up to $5,000 toward the order, purchase, or lease of an electric vehicle is running out of money again and will be suspended as of 9 PM Wednesday, Sept. 15.
Council OKs Emergency NJ Bear Hunt; Murphy Still Won’t Allow It
Citing “imminent peril” if there isn’t a black bear hunt, state wildlife regulators approved an emergency rule Tuesday that would allow for a hunt next month. But Gov. Phil Murphy, who would have to sign off, remains opposed.
Report Suggests Reparations to Fix NJ School Funding Inequities
School funding in New Jersey remains unequal despite four decades of efforts to address the effects of segregation, according to a new report that argues for reparations including direct rebates to Black and Hispanic households.
Ciattarelli: No NJ Mask, Vaccine Mandates – or Sales Tax on Masks
Ciattarelli said he would advocate as governor against private-sector vaccine mandates but wouldn’t tell employers they couldn’t do that.
NJ Expands Ida Recovery Grants for Small Business to Cover Henri
The state Economic Development Authority is adding another $500,000 in aid for small businesses affected by Tropical Storm Henri to the $10 million it will make available to those damaged by Ida.