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.
Murphy Still Pushing for $21.5M Opioid Tax that Lawmakers Didn’t Take Up
Murphy wants to levy $21.5M in new taxes and fees on pharmaceutical companies that make or distribute opioids to offset $100M in efforts to deal with the overdose epidemic.
No Progress Yet Toward Budget or Tax Incentives Agreement
Gov. Murphy doesn’t like some of the spending lawmakers added to the budget, opposes some funds removed from his plan, and isn’t comfortable with some revenue projections.
Lawmakers Consider New Concussion, Heat Rules for H.S. Sports
A three-bill package aimed at improving safety for high school athletes awaits action in the Assembly after unanimously passing the Senate.
Legislature Sends Murphy a $38.7B Budget — What Will He Do With It?
A $38.7 billion spending plan was approved by the Legislature. Gov. Phil Murphy said it needs corrective action, so a veto or negotiated solution seems needed.
Legislature Votes to Extend Business Tax Breaks, Inviting Veto
Despite Gov. Phil Murphy's veto threat, the Legislature Thursday approved a seven-month extension for New Jersey’s business tax incentive programs.
Report: NJ Students Improving on Tests, So Don’t Change Too Much
JerseyCAN calls widespread gains on state standardized tests evidence N.J. shouldn't step away from rigorous exams as it replaces what used to be called PARCC.
Rape Probe of Murphy Administration Inspires 10 Proposed Laws
The bills resulted from the Legislative Select Oversight Committee inquiry into how Murphy’s team mishandled rape allegations from a former campaign volunteer.
Labor Backs Murphy, Who Blasts ‘Voodoo Math’ of Lawmakers’ Budget
Gov. Phil Murphy clung to his push to raise taxes on income exceeding $1 million Tuesday, despite opposition from Democratic legislative leaders.
Church Says New Bill Unfairly Treats Some Victims of Sexual Abuse
Lawmakers advanced a bill Monday that clarifies how a new state law allowing sexual abuse victims to file civil lawsuits against those responsible will apply to public entities and public employees.
Lawmakers Defy Murphy — No Millionaires’ Tax in This Budget
The budget appropriates $38.7B, which is $142M more than Murphy sought in February, though $151M less than Murphy’s revised blueprint described by the state treasurer in May.