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.
Lawsuits seeking to block Statehouse renovation tossed by NJ judge
Lawmakers sued to block Gov. Chris Christie from proceeding with renovations to the Statehouse. The cases were dismissed because bonds have already been sold.
Lawmakers nudge along idea of giving students more say at Rutgers
At eight of 11 of New Jersey’s public four-year colleges, there’s a student with a vote sitting on their top governing body. One exception, for now, is Rutgers.
NJ ‘equal pay’ compromise faces last stand for 2017
Sen. Diane Allen has negotiated an equal-pay compromise with Gov. Chris Christie -- but Democrats aren't on board, so the issue may wait for a new governor.
Christie: All gas-tax supporters won their primaries Tuesday
Gov. Chris Christie’s tour of road projects included a new wrinkle Thursday – noting no lawmakers who voted to hike New Jersey’s gas tax lost their primaries.
Lawyers say immigration arrests have chilling effect on NJ courts
Criminal justice reforms that practically eliminated bail in New Jersey had an unexpected side effect – increasing the number of undocumented immigrants going into federal custody.
Christie to talk with Trump transportation chief about rail funding
No funding was included in President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the vital Gateway rail projects, but Gov. Chris Christie is not outwardly concerned.
NJ considers using more cigarette tax money on programs to help people quit
The CDC says New Jersey should spend $103 million on anti-smoking efforts. It spends $10 million, mostly federal funds -- but may add $7 million to the cause.
Why marijuana activists are worried about NJ’s legalization plan
Though New Jersey could be less than a year away from legalizing marijuana, advocates who have pushed for that aren’t all thrilled with the proposed bill.
Want to apply for NJ’s Sandy mortgage relief program? Deadline is Wednesday
Owners of Sandy-damaged houses still juggling a mortgage and rent while their homes are repaired have a chance to delay their bank payments until 2019.
We don’t know details of NJ’s $300M Statehouse renovation plan
Documentation of the Statehouse's structural problems is readily available. Details explaining the nearly $300M restoration project have been tougher to find.
Next tool in NJ’s opioid overdose fight could be tracking EMS data
NJ may start requiring EMS providers to report each encounter with a patient, so officials can track, analyze and improve response to medical emergencies.
Paid family leave expansion on table — but how far will NJ go?
Democratic legislative leaders say more people would take paid family leave if the benefit was bigger. But they lack consensus yet on the path forward.