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.
Democrats Like Murphy… But Poll Says That’s Pretty Much It
Just 12% of New Jerseyans say Murphy has major accomplishments as governor.
NJ Poll Workers Could Get a $100-a-day Raise Under New Bill
Poll workers last got a raise in 2001, when their pay went from $75 a day to $200. The state spends roughly $7 million a year to cover that increase.
NJ Lawmakers Look to Boost Criminal Penalties for Hazing
Criminal penalties for hazing would be stiffened under a bill advanced Tuesday by a state Senate committee.
Free Beaches for NJ Teens? Yes, if Lawmakers Get Their Way
Beach badge season is over for 2019 and if some lawmakers get their way, it might never return for most teenagers in some Shore towns.
To Pass NJ’s New Science Assessments, Score of 57% May Suffice
It might be possible for NJ middle- and high-school students to be deemed proficient on state science assessments even if they get less than 60% of the possible points on the exam.
Back-to-school Special: NJ Awards $20M to Expand Preschool
Twenty-eight school districts will receive $20M in additional state aid to establish or expand preschool programs, officials announced Tuesday.
NJ Starts ‘Red Flag’ Law Allowing Guns to be Temporarily Taken
A "red flag" law that allows courts to order guns to be temporarily removed from people identified by police or family members as a danger to themselves or others takes effect Sunday in New Jersey.
Democrats Vote to Expand NJ’s Mail-in Voter Lists
Democratic lawmakers this week passed a hastily written bill that signs up more voters to automatically receive vote-by-mail ballots for all elections.
New Plan to Replace Newark’s Lead Pipes in Two Years Rather Than Ten
Essex County will borrow $120M on Newark’s behalf to speed up the city’s replacement of lead water service lines to around 18,000 residences.
Murphy’s Back From Vacation and Trying Spark NJ Economy
“We have enormous opportunities in the innovation economy, but we have to go to where the puck is going, not to where it’s been,” Murphy said.