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.
Warning sign or blip? NJ’s revenues drop way behind forecast
Halfway through fiscal 2019, tax collections are 2.1 percent ahead of their pace from one year earlier. New Jersey's budget counts on 7.5 percent growth.
One year into Murphy era, progressives ‘deeply disappointed’
Liberal activists say the state of the state is not as good as they expected it would be when voters paired Gov. Phil Murphy and a Democratic legislature.
Average NJ property tax bill is $8,767 — How does your town compare?
The average statewide residential tax bill rose by the smallest amount in decades.
Tempers and exhaustion rise as Murphy hiring inquiry continues
Gov. Phil Murphy's ethics counsel was rebuffed when she suggested an outside counsel look into Katie Brennan's sexual assault allegations.
New boss kept in dark about why accused rapist was leaving state job
The chief of staff of the Schools Development Authority had been twice asked to leave his job. His new boss knew he was leaving – but wasn't told why.
Sorry, NJ: State tax refunds won’t come until (at least) March
Division of Taxation says refunds from tax returns filed electronically will be paid in around four weeks. Paper returns could take three times longer.
NJ looks to shift Sandy funds, with near 1,000 still not yet home
A hearing is planned Tuesday in Toms River on the state’s plan to reallocate $60 million in Sandy recovery funds toward homeowner and rental housing.
Property taxes jumped another $639M in NJ in 2018
The increase in the statewide property tax levy was 2.2 percent, pushing it to $29.8 billion. The average bill was up 0.9 percent to $8,767.
NJ plans for the PARCC: Fix the law or scrap the grad exam?
The court ruling that struck down the way New Jersey uses PARCC exams as a graduation requirement won’t mean the end of standardized tests in the state.
$100M in taxpayer funds to New Jersey horse tracks? You bet
State lawmakers are moving to provide $100 million in state funding to horse racing tracks to increase the purses paid to race winners.
NJ sues Trump administration over seismic testing in Atlantic
New Jersey is one of nine states that sued the federal government Thursday, seeking to reverse the initial approval for seismic testing off the Atlantic coast.
Murphy in 2019: Marijuana, minimum wage … and more taxes?
Gov. Phil Murphy says his agenda for 2019 starts with the things that didn’t get done in 2018 – and that could include another dose of 'tax fairness.'