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.
Concerns about people high at work delay pot legalization vote
Senate adds random drug testing and tests for any suspicion to the bill, which evisions new industry of certified 'workplace impairment recognition experts.'
New ideas sought for NJ’s other epidemic: Drug overdoses
Mandatory rehab after Narcan saves. Mobile vans to transport people from police bookings to treatment. Bringing substance-abuse experts on police ridealongs.
Legislative leaders: Let’s get NJ back to in-person elections
Vote-by-mail will remain an option, as it was before the pandemic, but in-person voting, including early machine voting, is preferred for 2021.
It’s official: NJ borrows $4.3 billion to balance its 2021 budget
After interest-only payments are made in 2021 and 2022, yearly payments are expected to be slightly more than $500 million for the 10 years that follow.
NJ Approves $87 Million for Library Construction: Full List
It has now been three years since New Jersey voters approved borrowing $125 million to support library construction work.
Assembly’s Not Hot on ‘shrooms — They’re Holding Up Pot Decriminalization
Senate votes 29-4 to decriminalize the posession of up to 6 ounces of marijuana. Assembly schedules a Monday voting session, but no word if a vote is planned.
NJ Lawmakers: Make COVID-19 Shutdowns County-by-county
In the spring, Gov. Phil Murphy declined to take a regional approach to imposing pandemic-driven shutdowns. A bill would require it and based it on local data.
Legislature moves to OK $58M to buy bodycams for police
Two-thirds of New Jersey police officers don't have body-worn cameras. Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed a mandate last month because it didn't provide funding.
Magic mushrooms added to NJ’s pot decriminalization plan
Hallucinogenic ‘magic mushrooms’ were added to marijuana decriminalization legislation by a Senate committee. The bill is listed for a final vote Monday.
Why no winner yet? Election count goes on in NJ until Nov. 20
Not all the mail-in votes have been received and counted, and Election Day provisional ballots won't be counted for a week. Results may wait until Nov. 20.