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 Moves to Preserve Affordable Care Act by Making it State Law
The Affordable Care Act is being challenged in federal court and altered by the Trump administration. New Jersey might turn it into state law.
NJ Plans to Add 100+ New Medical Marijuana Businesses
The Murphy administration Monday announced plans to approve more than 100 additional medical marijuana businesses in the state, a rapid expansion that may go beyond what the Legislature envisions.
Medical Marijuana Expansion Approved by NJ Senate, Expungement Delayed
The Senate approved medical marijuana expansion 33-4, with five senators who were opposed to the program’s creation in 2010 now supporting its growth.
‘Safe Touch’ Sex-abuse Prevention Lessons Would Start in Pre-K
A bill on Gov. Phil Murphy's desk, passed unanimously, would make NJ the 36th state to add age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention to school curriculum.
Bill Mandates Eye Exams for All Kids (Though Most Don’t Need It)
You wouldn’t think a bill that passed the state Legislature with 109 votes in favor and none against, boasting 30 sponsors and co-sponsors, would have even a bit of opposition.
NJ Could Allow Drivers with Minimal Insurance to Sue for Hospital Costs
Lawmakers moved quickly on a bill restoring the ability of people with bare-bones insurance to sue for medical bills exceeding their $15,000 injury coverage.
NJ Assembly Votes to Expand Medical Marijuana, Keep Taxing It
The 65-5 vote, with six abstentions, pushes the bill one step from Gov. Phil Murphy's desk. Senate approval is expected next week.
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.