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.
Murphy now says raises for 35K workers to cost $149 million
The Murphy administration projects the cost of the contract settlement will be around $149 million, more than half to cover withheld longevity increases.
NJ seeks balance on medical pot if program booms as expected
State officials appear more worried about an oversupply leaking into the black market than about supply shortages for new medical marijuana patients.
Marking 100th day, Murphy calls tax hikes ‘the right thing to do’
Gov. Phil Murphy: "Economic progress cannot be made without social progress and social progress cannot be achieved without economic progress.”
NJ gets ready to allow sports betting
A Supreme Court decision in New Jersey's favor could mean legal sports betting – but its start might require the Legislature to act quickly.
Is bail reform working in NJ? Report coming this fall
Other states are calling New Jersey to learn about its groundbreaking criminal justice reforms – which are on track to run out of funds in about two years.
Murphy’s treasurer: ‘Not a lot of new programs’ in $2.7B increase
Acting state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio says 83% of proposed new spending goes toward pensions, health benefits, debt and Medicaid.
Affordable housing solution coming for NJ, lt. gov. promises
Although "Mayors' Day" came one day after the budget speech, they posed few questions about the spending plan – but a ton about affordable housing.
Physician-assisted suicide up for debate again in NJ
Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live would be able to obtain a prescription for medication that, if taken, would end their lives.
Alcohol more dangerous than weed, NJ health commissioner tells lawmakers
A report suggesting changes to NJ's medical marijuana program will be filed by March 24. "An entire slew of recommendations," says acting health commissioner.
Plans to boost benefits for NJ’s vulnerable get another look
Lawmakers are again acting on plans to boost 'heat and eat' benefits and expand reach of emergency assistance to prevent homelessness.
Sweeney: Tax companies that got federal windfall to fund schools
Senate president says NJ can generate $650 million by adding 3 percent to tax paid by most profitable corporations. He'd put it into school funding.
NJ Senate president to towns: Share services, cut taxes — or else!
Legislation that would push local governments to share services, in part by threatening to withhold funds if they don’t, is again moving in the Senate.