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.
Unions Make Pitch: Use COVID Aid for NJ State Worker Hazard Pay
The Murphy administration is soliciting ideas for what to do with nearly $4 billion in federal COVID recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan.
Murphy Not Budging Despite Petition Seeking Remote School Choice
An online petition asking the state to allow remote learning options for students in the approaching school year is gaining speed, but Gov. Phil Murphy said he remains opposed.
The Latest Plan to Save Horse Racing in New Jersey
The latest plan to save horse racing in New Jersey is on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk awaiting action: change the way people wager so it feels more like sports betting.
Labor Shortage About to Get Worse as Students Return to College
“It will get worse before it gets better because kids who go to college are going to start peeling off to go to college in a couple weeks,” Gov. Murphy said.
Pointing to Capitol Riot, NJ Adds Middle School Civics Instruction
Gov. Phil Murphy said New Jersey is one of a minority of states not to require civics to be taught in middle school. The change takes effect in the 2022-23 school year.
Sweeney: NJ Schools Need More Money for COVID Ventilation Fixes
Although schools have gotten nearly $2.5B in the latest federal coronavirus recovery law, officials tell lawmakers they need more aid for HVAC work.
NJ Enacts Lead Paint and Water Line Plan that Could Cost Billions
Gov. Phil Murphy enacted a package of laws addressing the health hazards of lead exposure Thursday, including one that requires the inventory and replacement of all lead water service lines in the state within 10 years.
NJ Again Hits COVID Vaccine Target – for Real This Time, Sort Of
CDC data shows that as of July 4, just over 4.7 million New Jersey adults had been fully vaccinated. However, that's still doesn't reach 70%.
NJ Already Revamps Plan to Dole-out $14B in Business Tax Breaks
Sweeping changes have already been approved for the seven-year, $14 billion tax incentive programs enacted in January.
Pro-union Negotiations Expansion Stalls in NJ Legislature
Government employers appear, at least for the time being, to have fought off legislation that would make more topics eligible for collective bargaining.