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 government shutdown continues with no end in sight
“It could be infinity. It could go right until I leave office,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “... The cap is when the budget reaches my desk."
Budget impasse leads to NJ government shutdown – here’s what’s open & closed
Gov. Chris Christie has directed nonessential state services to be shut down because New Jersey’s new fiscal year began Saturday without an approved budget.
Shutdown sit-down: Christie invites top Democrats to meet
Gov. Chris Christie has invited top Democrats to his office for a meeting on the budget impasse, with just hours before a possible state government shutdown.
Revised school funding: Middlesex, Union win big; Ocean, Monmouth lose
In most districts, last-minute cuts to school funding have been shrunk by more than half. But they'd still get less under a plan due to pass Thursday.
Paid leave expansion could mean NJ workers pay higher payroll tax
The Senate is set to give final legislative approval to a plan to expand New Jersey’s paid family leave – more time off, with more pay, for more reasons.
NJ property taxes up $700M in 2016 — See how your bill compares
Property taxes increased by 2.54% in 2016 across New Jersey, a New Jersey 101.5 analysis finds. The average bill rose $196, or 2.35%, and now exceeds $8,500.
Republicans join NJ teachers union to fight ‘catastrophic’ school aid changes
The idea of cutting promised aid to 126 districts prompts an unusual alliance. The Senate president says it's 'pandering' not to trim where enrollments are down.
Christie announces fine against Horizon, pushes reform. Is it ‘retaliation’?
Penalties over Medicaid billing issues aren’t typically disclosed by the Department of Human Services, let alone announced publicly by Gov. Chris Christie.
Christie: Dems not ‘politically stupid’ enough to shut government over school aid
Gov. Chris Christie says he confident there will be a budget in place by next week’s deadline despite disagreement about how to proceed over school funding.
NJ lawmakers taking closer look at approving lottery-to-pensions deal
Less than two weeks remain before the date Gov. Chris Christie hopes the Legislature approves a complicated transaction involving the pension funds and lottery.
Who wins or loses in NJ school-funding compromise? Find out here
If the Democrats' school-funding compromise gets enacted, 379 districts would share $146M in additional aid but 126 others would absorb cuts of $46M.
NJ’s top Democrats reach compromise to reallocate school funding
Democratic legislative leaders say they'll add $125 million to school aid and reallocate $46 million more. Any change needs Gov. Chris Christie's cooperation.