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 encouraged to borrow $400M for water infrastructure
The $400 million would have to be approved by voters. It represents less than 1 percent of what's believed to be needed for water, sewer and wastewater.
Murphy still noncommittal on police and fire salary cap
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy also announces two more Cabinet members and expresses confidence Gateway Tunnel will win federal funding support.
Lawmakers seek to make gun buybacks annual event in NJ
The state has bought and melted down 20,000 guns through about a dozen buybacks since 2012. A bill would require nine buybacks every year.
Obamacare enrollment in New Jersey down 7 percent
More than 20,000 fewer New Jerseyans signed up for ACA coverage in 2018, but health-care advocates are nevertheless pleased with enrollment.
New Jersey to play key role in deciding control of Congress
Three Republican-held House seats are considered in play in the 2018 election, with another two -- one held by each major party -- also of interest.
NJ’s new governor could sue feds over concealed-carry reciprocity
Both the outgoing and incoming governors oppose a bill in Congress requiring states to recognize other states' concealed-carry gun permits.
NJ roads getting deadlier: Traffic deaths at highest level in 10 years
Traffic fatalities are up for four straight years, by a combined 16 percent, for the first time since the 1960s. Distracted driving is a chief culprit.
Christie directs all NJ towns to accept prepaid property taxes
Changes in federal tax law have some scrambling to pay 2018 property taxes to maximize tax deductions. If postmarked by Sunday, they'd have to be accepted.
A constitutional right to clean air and water in New Jersey?
Advocacy groups are pushing to guarantee a clean environment in the state constitution. It would open a new avenue for lawsuits to fight development.
2018 brings these new laws to New Jersey — including some tax cuts
The sales and estate taxes are cut at the start of 2018. Other new laws benefit Gold Star families and tweak the date that driver's licenses expire.
Your electric bill might go up to help support NJ’s nuclear power plants
Higher prices wouldn't start until late 2018 at the earliest. They could raise costs $41 a year for homeowners and a half-million for big industrial users.
Murphy picks a ‘consumer’ to regulate NJ banks and insurers
As banking and insurance commissioner, Marlene Caride would oversee the creation of a public bank that Gov.-elect Phil Murphy promised in his campaign.