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 budget ‘positive and improving’ as sales tax, home sales surge
Final revenue forecast is delayed but expected to grow by hundreds of milions of dollars. Better sales tax and realty transfer taxes get the credit.
Former NJ Mayor and CPA Seeks to Fix State Finances as Next Governor
With a thin campaign budget and without an invitation to next week's gubernatorial debates as a result, Brian Levine is pointing primarily to his record in local government in Somerset County in his appeal to Republican voters.
Salary and Pension? Bill Lets Retired Teachers Return to Work
In anticipation of a teacher shortage, the Senate endorses a bill allowing retired teachers to go back to work for two years while collecting their pension.
Vaccinated NJ MVC Workers Getting Doctor’s Notes to Quarantine
Some immunized workers at the state Motor Vehicle Commission are spending two weeks in quarantine through a note from their doctor despite being protected from the novel coronavirus, the state health commissioner told lawmakers Tuesday.
Rules Released for New COVID Aid – Now NJ Needs its $6.4B Plan
The money can be used to support public health expenditures; address the economic impacts of the pandemic; replace lost public sector revenue; provide premium pay for essential workers; and invest in water, sewer and broadband infrastructure, among other uses.
Senate Considers Limits on Invasive Exams of Unconscious Patients
Legislation has been endorsed by the Senate health committee that would prohibit health care practitioners from performing invasive examinations of an unconscious patient without informed written consent.
The Slow Process of Getting COVID Vaccines to Homebound Seniors
For all the focus on getting senior citizens vaccinated against COVID-19 to secure and reopen nursing homes, homebound seniors have gotten less attention and been slower to inoculate.
Labor Shortage Could Mean Food Goes to Waste on NJ Farms
The labor crunch is pinching New Jersey farms, some of which are already on the cusp on having to let food go to waste in their fields.
Betting on In-state College Sports in NJ? Voters Likely to Decide
It’s increasingly likely that voters will be asked in November to expand sports betting to include collegiate games played in New Jersey or involving schools from the state.
State to NJ Businesses: Tell Us if Unemployed Turn Down Jobs
Unemployed workers aren't required to be looking for work during the pandemic – but they must still certify they're ready, willing, and available to work.