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.
Upgrade (and Audit) of NJ’s Unemployment System May Be Coming
“The Department of Labor has failed so many of the communities throughout the state of New Jersey. There needs to be more transparency and a review of the department,” said Sen. Mike Testa, R-Cumberland.
NJ Lawmakers Push Against Calls for All-virtual Schools in Fall
Just as there’s no consensus around New Jersey on the thorny issue of whether to reopen school buildings in September, there’s also disagreement in the state Legislature.
Owners of closed gyms warn time is short for their survival
Gyms were closed in mid-March and still don't know when the state will allow them to reopen. Some never will.
Cancel bear hunt due to COVID, opponents urge Murphy
Bear hunt proponents and opponents are both seeking legal remedies to expand or end this year's hunt. Foes have a new wrinkle: Shut it down due to COVID.
NJ Supreme Court weighs legality of $10B in budget borrowing
Murphy administration says the borrowing is allowed to respond to an emergency caused by a disaster. Republicans sued saying it would need voter approval.
Plan would roll back legalizing some fireworks in NJ
Bill sponsor says some shops have taken advantage of the 2017 law to illegally sell larger fireworks still not allowed in New Jersey.
Opioid deaths rose more slowly in New Jersey in June
Opioid-related deaths have risen year-over-year for eight straight months in New Jersey – but the 4% increase in June was the smallest in that stretch.
NJ lawmakers propose all-virtual learning for schools through October
The Murphy administration said five weeks ago that schools must partially reopen for the 2020-21 year, but some lawmakers say they aren't ready.
Police reforms advance, including minority recruiting mandate
A half-dozen criminal justice and policing bills are endorsed by a Senate committee, setting most of them up for final approval on Thursday.
One plan: Delete contact tracing info after a month
More than a dozen bills related to COVID-19, from workers' compensation to help with past-due rent, are listed for votes at Thursday's Assembly session.