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.
School textbooks might need NJ’s diversity stamp of approval
The Legislature might require New Jersey school districts to buy textbooks from state-approved vendors whose books accurately reflect the diversity of society.
Death of NJ college student prompts bill to boost hazing penalty
The 2017 death of Timothy Piazza at Penn State may inspire tougher penalties for hazing in New Jersey. Piazza's neighbor encouraged a senator to push for it.
What will changes in Congress mean for Gateway Tunnel funding?
President Donald Trump suggests he could work with House Democrats on infrastructure. Gov. Phil Murphy says he's optimistic funding might now be possible.
Vote count could get ‘little dicey’ due to NJ vote-by-mail change
WIth more provisional paper ballots likely, and mail-in votes counting if they arrive by Thursday, patience may be needed before Tuesday's winners are known.
Corruption trial, Trump main themes of NJ’s only Senate debate
Corruption and Donald Trump – issues that will sound familiar to anyone who's seen a TV ad – were the main themes of the only debate of this year's Senate race.
Overhaul of how NJ funds public colleges planned for 2019
Next year's state budget will likely include a new approach to funding New Jersey colleges -- an "outcomes-based" approach that rewards them for meeting goals.
Expecting — and praying for — licenses for undocumented this year
Advocates for driver’s licenses for immigrants who aren’t legally in the country say they’re confident lawmakers will vote to approve them within two months.
Menendez unpopular but retains narrowing lead in Senate race
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, due to support among women and minorities, leads Republican Bob Hugin, 51 percent to 44 percent, in a new Quinnipiac University Poll.
Scandal or mistake, Murphy hiring questions ‘incredibly damaging’
Whether from the #MeToo perspective, or just appearing outmatched, Gov. Phil Murphy is left politically weakened by the response to sexual misconduct claims.
Minimum wage rising to $8.85; poll says go further, but not $15
New Jersey’s minimum wage goes up by 25 cents an hour on Jan. 1. Three-fourths of New Jersey adults support increasing it further, says a new FDU poll.
Hydrogen-powered cars? Lawmakers think they could jolt NJ economy
Two Assembly committees heard how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are used in cars, equipment and more. It was more about the economy than the science.
NJ Transit riders, get ready for possible fare hike next summer
Stable funding is one of NJ Transit's big problems, auditors said. Their report suggests alternatives, but Gov. Phil Murphy signaled a fare hike is possible.