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.
Legal weed in NJ: You can’t grow your own and you could get fired
No sooner was the text of the marijuana legalization bill made public than changes to it started being made Thursday. Backers say it's clean-up, nothing major.
Expungements easier, but not automatic, in legal marijuana plan
It's not feasible to automatically erase past drug convictions as part of making marijuana legal for use by adults, says Gov. Phil Murphy.
Murphy Pitches Economic Plan, Says He’s Flexible on its Size
Murphy’s economic plan includes $20M a year for brownfields projects, capped at $4M per project. It’s part of an overall $400M a year proposal still being hashed out in negotiations with lawmakers.
With Airbnbs Taxed, NJ-wide Registration Rules May Be Next
New taxes on short-term rentals in New Jersey booked through outlets like Airbnb might soon be followed additional regulations.
NJ Legislators Begin Action on Expanding Lawsuits for Sexual Abuse
A bill extending New Jersey's deadline for civil lawsuits alleging sexual abuse, including for some decades-old cases, could become law within weeks.
State’s CWA Deal: Savings from New Health Plan, 2% Yearly Raises
A new health plan would save the state $70M a year. It reduces out-of-network benefits and gets people to use it by changing the contribution formula.
Murphy Touts $1.1B in Savings to Bolster $558M in New Tax Hikes
“Affordability is about being good stewards of every taxpayer dollar and working together to find savings that no one had thought possible,” Gov. Murphy said.
Murphy: Make Corporations That Don’t Offer Health Plans Pay More
Large companies whose workers get health coverage through Medicaid rather than through their employer would have to start paying the state an annual "corporate responsibility fee" under Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposal.
Bill Would Have Some NJ High Schools Try Out Later Start Time
A bill moving through the Senate would create a pilot program in which five New Jersey school districts would implement later start times for high schools.
Over $2.2B in Tax Hikes Under Murphy So Far. More Coming Tuesday?
Factoring in other laws not directly adopted for the 2019 budget, Murphy approved more than $2.25B in new and higher taxes and fees in his first year in office.