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.
NJ may expand all-day kindergarten to every district — at what cost?
Less than 10 percent of New Jersey school districts still have half-day kindergarten. But the plan to mandate full-day programs doesn't come with money.
Safer than ever? NJ murder rate the lowest on record
Murders in New Jersey plunged by the biggest amount in decades in 2017, with the murder rate at its lowest level in over a half-century of record keeping.
Murphy making it harder again to get gun-carry permits in NJ
The change enacted last year under Gov. Chris Christie says serious threats are sufficient for a permit, even if they're not specific.
Nuclear subsidy plan back in Legislature, now a little greener
With additions that reflect Gov. Phil Murphy's energy agenda, the idea of allowing PSEG to seek subsidies for its nuclear plants is back on track in Trenton.
NJ joining federal lawsuit fighting Trump over ‘Dreamers’
New Jersey is joining 15 states and D.C. in their bid to maintain a program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
The first hints of what ‘sanctuary state’ means in NJ
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal won't revoke a directive that police ask about immigration status after arrests for major crimes. But detainers will be studied.
Christie vetoed them … Gov. Murphy might sign them into law
Gov. Phil Murphy promised Democrats a signing ceremony, not a veto, for priorities blocked by Gov. Chris Christie. That's where lawmakers begin Monday.
In Trump age, message to NJ voters: ‘We’re Republicans but we’re not crazy’
Assembly GOP leader say they'll tour NJ to 'Rally the Reasonable' -- an effort to distance from President Donald Trump as much as counter Gov. Phil Murphy.
Unauthorized immigrants may soon get NJ driver’s licenses
As many as 466,000 immigrants would be eligible for a special driver's license under the plan. Backers say there would be safety and economic benefits.
Top property tax increases/decreases in every county last year
See how your town did and compare to the rest of the state.
NJ property tax haul in 2017 was $29B — See how it changed in your town
Good news for New Jersey: Property taxes rose 1.6% in 2017, up smallest since 2013. But that's $141 for the average home and still $480 million statewide.
Christie’s farewell speech: ‘I ran to be a governor of consequence’
Christie's final and longest State of the State was mostly a glossy look back at eight years. He did implore lawmakers to do more about pensions.