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.
Statehouse restoration under budget so far: A look inside
The nearly $300 million Statehouse restoration that began last year is proceeding according to plan though is now scheduled to be completed in 2022.
No more $600K checks? NJ may tighten cap on sick-leave payouts
Lawmakers are advancing another plan to cap payments for unused sick leave — now at $7,500 going forward, paid not as cash but as health-care savings.
Plan advances to ban foam cups and plates in NJ school cafeterias
Polystyrene packaging costs less than alternatives such as paper, but proponents of a ban in schools and colleges say it's bad for health and the environment.
NJ getting ready to allow more bars, restaurants that serve alcohol
A bill that could significantly expand the number of restaurants that can sell beer, wine and spirits has finally gotten an initial vote in the Legislature.
Congress won’t act? NJ looks to regulate internet privacy
State lawmakers are considering jumping in where Congress won’t by adopting restrictions on how ISPs can sell their subscribers’ data.
Lawsuit seeks to force racial integration of NJ’s public schools
A coalition of civil rights, faith and education groups sued the state in an attempt to force it to integrate New Jersey’s public and charter schools.
Lawmakers suggest lots of exceptions to $15 minimum wage
Lawmakers ticked through a series of exceptions they'd like if a $15 an hour minimum wage is adopted, as Gov. Phil Murphy and his labor commissioner want.
Democrats seek to double NJ’s paid family leave benefits
If the changes are approved, workers in New Jersey could get 12 weeks of benefits of up to around $1,200 a week.
NJ looks again at banning smoking on all beaches
The Legislature approved a statewide ban on smoking on public beaches twice, only to see Gov. Chris Christie veto it. But Phil Murphy is now governor.
NJ already taking financial aid applications from undocumented
Undocumented immigrants raised in New Jersey can now apply for state financial aid programs to attend New Jersey colleges, under a law signed Wednesday.
This month’s cut in NJ homestead tax credit could repeat next year
An accounting gimmick that was overruled cut this year's property tax credit by half. Lawmakers will try to reverse Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to keep the cut.
Murphy threatens to shut NJ businesses that cheat workers
New Jersey plans crackdown on businesses that classify employees as independent contractors, which could cost the state a half-billion a year in taxes.