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.
Sweeney: ‘Radical surgery’ on government needed to save NJ
If you thought budget talks were contentious, wait a couple weeks until the Senate's working group issues final recommendations for government reforms.
NJ to spend $15M on affordable housing
The Legislature restored $15 million in affordable housing funds in the new budget that Gov. Phil Murphy planned to divert.
Company brings high-paying jobs to NJ thanks to $40M in tax credits
Teva Pharmaceuticals, the world's biggest generic drug maker, will move its North American headquarters 60 miles from Pennsylvania to Parsippany.
New Jersey to spend $5 million on reviving local journalism
New Jersey will spend $5 million on a first-of-its-kind nonprofit effort to help finance local journalism in cities and towns where it has been decimated.
Murphy signs state budget and nearly $1.4B in tax hikes
The $37.4 billion budget includes close to $1.4 billion in tax increases, plus a tax amnesty offer expected to bring in $200 million in revenues.
Shutdown averted as Murphy and lawmakers reach budget deal
Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have reached a deal on a state budget, just hours before the deadline that could have triggered a shutdown.
NJ budget deadline looms: GOP won’t hurry to raise taxes
New Jersey looks certain to open its new fiscal year Sunday without a budget in place. Whether that means a partial government shutdown that closes state-run parks and beaches remains to be seen.
Murphy meets with Cabinet to review state shutdown scenarios
Gov. Phil Murphy's Cabinet meets to review plans for a state government shutdown, though the governor said he's still optimistic a budget deal will be reached.
Latest tax plan: Sales taxes on short-term Jersey Shore rentals
Democratic legislative leaders propose to raise taxes on short-term vacation rentals, like those common along the Shore, and sales of million-dollar homes.
Murphy’s tax compromise: Raise ’em all, just not as much
Gov. Phil Murphy's proposed compromise on tax hikes: scaled-back versions of his income and sales tax plans and the Legislature's business tax surcharge.
No school funding deal without permanent tax hikes, Murphy says
There are 10 days left to adopt a budget in time to avoid a potential state government shutdown.
Murphy: Short-term taxes jeopardize long-term NJ Transit fix
Now that Democrats are advancing their own budget plan, without the tax increases he wants, Gov. Phil Murphy is stepping up efforts to sell his blueprint.