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 lawmakers propose all-virtual learning for schools through October
The Murphy administration said five weeks ago that schools must partially reopen for the 2020-21 year, but some lawmakers say they aren't ready.
Police reforms advance, including minority recruiting mandate
A half-dozen criminal justice and policing bills are endorsed by a Senate committee, setting most of them up for final approval on Thursday.
One plan: Delete contact tracing info after a month
More than a dozen bills related to COVID-19, from workers' compensation to help with past-due rent, are listed for votes at Thursday's Assembly session.
Sentencing reforms advance, but NJ judiciary can’t pay for them
The Legislature may vote to expand municipal court conditional dismissal program to include drug crimes. It's unclear how to afford new probation officers.
NJ Teachers Union and Lawmaker Say Schools Not Ready to Reopen
Some state lawmakers are joining the chorus led by the NJEA calling for schools to remain closed in favor of virtual learning to begin the 2020-21 academic year.
NJ Lawmakers Vote for Ending Some Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Sarah Fajardo, policy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, said the bills help vulnerable people in prisons and juvenile facilities.
Revamped ‘COVID Credit’ Plan to Release Inmates Early Advances
With changes scaling back its scope and adding notification measures, a plan to grant early prison releases to thousands of state inmates was endorsed by a legislative committee Monday.
Borrowing Plan Narrowly Favored as NJ Budget Balancing Strategy
It's contentious and it might not be legal, but the idea of borrowing $9.9 billion gets more support from other deficit cures in an FDU Poll.
As COVID Delays Census, Lawmakers Seek to Extend Outdated Map
New Jersey’s population has changed significantly since 2010, but a delay in the census has state lawmakers pushing to run one more election on the decade-old legislative map.
Reopen Schools or Keep Them Virtual? Poll Finds NJ Unsure
FDU finds 46% say schools should reopen with appropriate protective measures, 42% support online learning until a COVID-19 treatment or vaccine is available.