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 Could Let 14-year-olds Get Vaccines Without Parental Consent
A new bill would give minors in New Jersey the right to consent to vaccinations starting at age 14, regardless of whether their parents or guardians approve.
NJ Denies Full Benefits to Paid Firefighters Who Volunteered on 9/11
A bill is up for Assembly approval that would ensure New Jersey first responders whose health was impaired through their work at Ground Zero can qualify for accidental disability pensions.
NJ One of Two States Worst Positioned to Cope If Recession Hits
New Jersey and Illinois are the two states whose budgets are in the weakest position should a recession materialize, according to Moody's Investors Service.
Medical Marijuana Plan: Home Delivery, Lounges, Taxed Longer
A significant expansion of New Jersey’s medical marijuana program was endorsed Monday by committees on both sides of the Legislature and could reach Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk by the end of the month.
Plan to Penalize Pot Possession With $50 Ticket Advances, Shakily
Expungement of criminal records advanced easily, but a vote on switching to a civil fine for possession was shelved, revived, then advanced without discussion.
Should New Jersey End its High School Graduation Exam?
Seton Hall University associate professor of education administration Christopher Tienkin said exit exams do little to address inequities of achievement – noting New Jersey has had them for 40 years.
NJ Voters May Get a Chance to Cut Public Workers’ Benefits
“We’d like to work with everyone to come to a solution. But if necessary, we will go to the voters and give them the opportunity to have their voices heard,” State Sweeney said.
Marijuana Legalization in NJ On Hold Until 2020 Voter Referendum
Marijuana will not be legalized for use by adults in New Jersey any time soon, with the idea now delayed until decided by a voter referendum in November, 2020.
No Gas Tax Hike This Year? NJ Treasurer ‘Cautiously Optimistic’
A few solid months of gas tax collections have eased concerns another increase might be triggered to reach revenue targets written into state law.
Tax Collections Surge, But Murphy Still Wants Millionaires Tax
Income tax collections surged to a record in April, as shortfalls in December and January proved to be merely delays, not a disappearance.