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.
How Toxic is NJ Political Climate for Women? Survey Aims to Know
A group of elected officials, lobbyists, and political operatives is taking its first step toward changing the state’s political climate for women through an online survey.
‘Zack Alerts’ Coming to NJ So Public Can Help Find Hit-and-run Drivers
Starting this summer, New Jersey will add Zack Alerts in which electronic road signs, broadcast media, and text messages will alert the public to some hit-and-run crashes.
Wave of New Laws Wraps NJ’s Busiest Legislature Since Mid-1980s
Gov. Phil Murphy signed 152 bills and joint resolutions Tuesday, putting a final flurry on a two-year legislative session in which the most laws were enacted since the mid-1980s.
NJ’s High Property Taxes Keep Rising — Average is Now $8,953
New Jersey’s average residential property tax bill in 2019 grew at the fastest rate in three years, approaching $9,000.
Murphy says his jobs program will get NJ to ‘dominate this new decade’
Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration is reorganizing the state’s job training efforts in an effort to better align education programs with the talent needs of employers
Murphy: ‘Show stopper’ benefits from millionaires tax
Governor says he's optimistic a millionaires tax will eventually pass because polls show its popular and the money would fund programs helping the middle class.
Murphy’s 2020 priorities: Millionaires tax, NJ Transit strategic plan
Gov. Phil Murphy made a veiled reference to seeking re-election in a State of the State that promised details on an agenda for 2020 in the weeks ahead.
Plastic and Paper Bag Ban Dies in Assembly After Senate Approval
A bill banning single-use plastic and paper bags at NJ retailers was not passed in the now-expiring legislative session, though the idea’s chief proponent says it will be taken up again in two weeks as the new term begins.
Amended Bill Delivers Break to First-time ‘Porch Pirates’
The bill upgrades penalties for porch pirates one grade higher on the criminal charges scale. For instance, if the value of what’s stolen is under $200, it would be a fourth-degree crime, not a disorderly persons offense.
Ban on Flavored Vapes in New Jersey Advances in Legislature
Bill is set for Monday approval, despite protests from vape shop owners who say it will force them out of business and send former smokers back to cigarettes.