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.
NJ Motor Vehicle Agencies Closed Since Mid-March Ready to Reopen
After nearly three months in which its doors were closed, during which some transactions continued, the state Motor Vehicle Commission’s reopening date will be announced Friday.
Assembly Spars Over Taxes As Up to $14B in Borrowing Advances
“In the highest taxed state in America, New Jersey Democrats found a way to pile on more,” said Republican Party state chairman Doug Steinhardt.
NAACP Says Expand NJ Police Reforms to Body Cams, Residency Rules
Police/community relations were the focus of a virtual town hall meeting held amid sometimes-violent protests going on around the country.
NJ Assembly Panel Endorses Up to $14 Billion in COVID Borrowing
New Jersey could borrow as much as $14B to help replenish its budget and those of some counties and municipalities hit hard by declines in revenues connected to coronavirus.
Lawsuit in NJ Seeks to Limit Vote-by-mail Ballot Rejections
Coronavirus has New Jersey emphasizing vote-by-mail. But around 1% of such ballots are typically rejected, often when signatures don't match voter records.
NJ Details How Next Year’s School Aid Will Shrink by $335 Million
Districts that are losing aid will lose just as much as expected. Those that are gaining aid will receive, on average, two-thirds less than promised.
NJ Supreme Court Asked to Alter Rules for Inmate COVID Releases
Nearly seven weeks after an executive order made 3,000 state inmates eligible for temporary home confinement, only 337 have been released.
Murphy cuts or delays $5B in spending — no tax hikes, yet
The state withdraws $850 million in planned spending increases, including $386 million in school aid and $132 million for NJ Transit.
NJGOP Sues Murphy, Calling Business Shutdowns Unconstitutional
State Sen. Michael Testa, R-Cumberland, who is among the attorneys who filed the lawsuit, said the orders represent governmental overreach.
New Jobless Claims in NJ Up But by the Least Amount in 9 Weeks
Signs of stabilization: initial claims fell to a nine-week low and continued claims declined – substantially, in fact – for the first time during the pandemic.