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.
Four New NJ Gun Laws, Including Revamped Push for ‘Smart Guns’
Gov. Phil Murphy signed four new gun laws, adding to what the Giffords Law Center already ranks as the second-strongest set of laws among the 50 states.
NJ Suing Trump Administration (Again) Over Tax Law
New Jersey is going to federal court over a new IRS rule that blocks local government charities that the state OK'd to sidestep limits on tax deductions.
A Guide to Fair Elections? A Plan for Redistricting in NJ
Academics from five universities are recommending ways to improve how New Jersey redraws the boundaries of its 40 legislative districts after the census.
Environmentalists: Murphy’s Sabotaging Climate Change Goals
Environmental groups say the Murphy administration’s energy master plan undermines its own goals by relying on power sources that aren’t renewable.
Partial Repeal of NJ Rental-home Tax Near… Maybe
A bill has been on Gov. Murphy's desk since late June that would repeal the sales and accommodation taxes now charged on some short-term rentals.
Ocean County Prepares to Sue NJ Over Immigration Rules
The Ocean County Board of Freeholders is considering suing the Murphy administration in federal court over immigration law enforcement policies that critics say turned New Jersey into a "sanctuary state."
For First Time Since 1980s, NJ Hires a State Dental Director
Dr. Darwin Hayes' priorities include a comprehensive oral health plan, a surveillance system to track outcomes, and integrating oral care into primary care.
Tax Breaks Divide: Camden On Trial? Or a Fiscal Crime Scene?
A task force directed by Gov. Phil Murphy to investigate New Jersey's corporate tax credits hears from the public. Most of the focus was on Camden.
Murphy: ‘There’s No Bias’ in Picking $235M in Spending to Freeze
Gov. Murphy says he feels very confident in the process that identified $235M in spending currently frozen in the 2020 state budget and that the items haven’t been impounded for political purposes.
After Minimum Wage Hike, NJ Considers Tax Breaks for Hiring Teens
The law increasing NJ's minimum wage included $10M in tax credits for hiring workers with disabilities. Another $10M might be added for hiring teens.