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.
Can ‘Path to Progress’ progress in an election year?
Senate President Steve Sweeney says goverment reforms will be on the table in next year's budget talks, which means tough choices ahead of state elections.
Census count extended, though probably only until Monday
The 2020 census is now in overtime, with probably one bonus weekend to go. So far, 99.4% of New Jersey households have been enumerated.
Important: What Not To Do When Voting By Mail in New Jersey
New Jersey has allowed vote-by-mail for years – but it’s never been done on the scale of what’s being used during the pandemic-era election of 2020.
NJ Budget Signed But Immigrant Funding Remains at Issue
A small group of protesters blocked a street in Trenton as they continue advocating for state aid to help undocumented immigrants during the pandemic.
With Election Just Weeks Away, NJ Begins Voter Education Campaign
The coronavirus has upended the typical election process, so New Jersey has created a one-stop website it calls a voter information portal: vote.nj.gov
Nursing Home Staff Increases Approved by NJ Legislature
The change has been long-sought by some lawmakers and the union representing long-term care facility workers, predating the pandemic.
NJ close to offering ‘COVID credits’ to free thousands of inmates
To further reduce crowding in prisons to make social distancing possible, the Legislature may vote to release thousands of inmates eight months early.
Black leaders to Senate panel: Reform policing, don’t defund it
At a Senate hearing, testimony says it's because law enforcement is important that it needs to be improved to address racial inequities.
Bill Seeks to Scrub Internet of Addresses of NJ Judges, Police
Proposed legislation that seeks to prevent the home addresses and phone numbers of judges and prosecutors from being published online has been expanded to set up protocols for having such posts taken down.
MVC Separation of Licensing, Vehicle Centers May Be Permanent
“We have to keep them separate as long as we’re required to do social distancing indoors,” MVC chief administrator Sue Fulton said. “So when does that end? When is the COVID crisis over?”