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.
Police push back against bill keeping them from polling places
Sen. Shirley Turner says the restriction on law enforement at election sites and ballot drop boxes is needed to guard against voter intimidation and supression.
Attention procrastinators: One last day to respond to 2020 Census
The deadline for the population count has moved frequently but is finally set: 6 a.m. Friday on the East Coast.
NJ announces plans for $100M for COVID economic recovery
At a Hillsborough brewery, elected officials detailed plans for spending $100 million in federal CARES Act funds.
Pot legalization opponents: It’s a threat to NJ road safety
Police chiefs association urges people to consider the prospect of reversing years of efforts to reduce fatal crashes involving impaired drivers.
Crime in NJ down slightly in 2019, down again so far in 2020
Both violent and nonviolent crimes were reduced last year, according to annual FBI data.
Trump campaign loses challenge to NJ’s new election rules
A federal judge denied the Republicans' effort to block portions of New Jersey’s mostly vote-by-mail election.
Overdose deaths in New Jersey dropped 8% this summer
After a spike that began last November and continued through the spring peak of the pandemic, opioid-related deaths declined in the June to August period.
Ex-Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew trailing in South Jersey
Monmouth University poll finds Democrat Amy Kennedy ahead of Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew by 5 to 7 points in the 2nd District, one of NJ's two biggest races.
Appeals court hears from teachers who don’t want to pay NJEA
The federal lawsuit against the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act was filed in 2018 but dismissed late in 2019.
Can ‘Path to Progress’ progress in an election year?
Senate President Steve Sweeney says goverment reforms will be on the table in next year's budget talks, which means tough choices ahead of state elections.