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.
Poll Finds Ciattarelli Within Six Points of Murphy, Closest Gap Yet
The Emerson College/PIX 11 poll says Gov. Phil Murphy is at 50% and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli at 44%. Add in leaners and the gap is 4 points.
What Gas Tax Cut? Price at Pump Up More in NJ than US This Month
Gas prices are spiking and the increase in New Jersey this month has been 1.7 cents more than nationally, despite an 8.3 cent cut in the state gas tax.
Back to School, Not to Normal: NJ Educators at Breaking Point
At a legislative hearing, a familiar refrain from the education community: it's great that schools are open, but it's only October and everyone's exhausted.
NJ Announces Plans for Nearly $200M in Green Acres Spending
State officials detailed how nearly $200 million in Green Acres funds will be allocated toward parks, playgrounds, open spaces and other park improvements Wednesday.
NJ Early Voting Starts Saturday; a Map and List of Every Location
Nine days of early voting are being held in New Jersey for the first time, from Oct. 23 to Oct. 31. There are between three and ten sites in each county.
All-important Redistricting Begins for NJ Legislative Map
Retired Judge Philip Carchman, the court-appointed 11th member of the Apportionment Commission, says mediating a compromise map is "critical if not paramount."
NJ Awards New Medical Marijuana Licenses, Mostly for Growers
Half of the 14 new licenses for medical marijuana went to businesses in Central Jersey. Four of 14 would grow and sell at dispensaries. Ten are cultivators.
NJ Launches Website for COVID Aid for Unauthorized Immigrants
Immigrants who weren’t eligible for pandemic-era stimulus programs and unemployment benefits because they’re not legally in the country will be able to apply later this month for cash from the state.
Obama to Attend Murphy Campaign Rally Oct. 23 in Newark, NJ
Former President Barack Obama will be in Newark on Saturday, Oct. 23 for a campaign rally with Gov. Phil Murphy that coincides with the start of early in-person voting in New Jersey.
Poll Finds Murphy Up Big Among Older NJ Voters – a COVID Effect?
A poll finds older voters in New Jersey overwhelmingly back Gov. Phil Murphy for another term – which would be a major change from four years ago, if that’s how the vote turns out.