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 Approves Millions to Help Small Businesses Survive Coronavirus
As many as 5,000 small businesses in NJ could get funding through a half-dozen programs created Thursday by the state in an emergency response to the upheaval resulting from the novel coronavirus.
Nearly 156,000 in NJ File for Unemployment — Up Over 1,500%
Nearly 156,000 New Jersey residents filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, a 16-fold increase from the week before.
NJ Assembly Votes by Phone to Approve Five Virus-response Bills
The state Assembly passed five bills responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak Wednesday, though the content of the legislation took a backseat to the way the voting session itself was conducted – by phone, with just one lawmaker in Trenton.
Murphy Pleased With $2T Stimulus Bill But Says More Needed Later
While it’s not clear how much of the $2T federal stimulus package responding to the novel coronavirus will come directly into NJ, Gov. Murphy is pleased with the details.
It’s Not Known Have Many in NJ Have Been Tested for Coronavirus
Unlike some states, New Jersey doesn't receive data about negative COVID-19 test results from commercial and hospital-based labs.
Trump Says States Can Cancel This Year’s School Standardized Tests
President Donald Trump today gave states a green light to cancel state standardized tests in their schools.
NJ Senate Sends 26 Emergency Virus-response Measures to Murphy
More than two dozen bills responding to the coronavirus emergency were approved and sent to Gov. Phil Murphy Thursday.
Booker Wants Bigger Checks to Americans to Offset Virus Recession
Booker pushing for $2,000 per person this quarter and, if the economy is still ravaged, another $1,500 next quarter, and another $1,000 for each quarter beyond.
Murphy Asks Businesses to Keep Paying Workers — Help is on the Way
Gov. Phil Murphy said a new state program helping businesses cope with the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus could be running by next week.
NJ Urges Patience After Unemployment Surge Crashes System
Gov. Phil Murphy said the 15,000 unemployment applications that were received on Monday was a single-day record for the state.