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 lawmakers advance 6 gun bills, including new restraining orders
At a five and a half hour hearing Wednesday, an Assembly committee started a half-dozen bills on a path toward a governor eager to sign them.
Murphy directs new economic council to find outside funding
The Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council, made up mostly of administration officials, is to help identify federal, foundational and philanthropic funds.
Blood money? Bill would pull NJ pensions from gun investments
A new bill sponsored by Democratic lawmakers would prohibit New Jersey's pension funds from investing in manufacturers of firearms or ammunition.
New Jersey forms gun safety coalition with three Northeast states
The idea was in development for a year, first as a campaign promise of Gov. Phil Murphy, who said the work accelerated after the Florida school shooting.
Report says increase, expand NJ sales tax — you won’t notice it
The latest suggestion for how New Jersey can find extra tax collections for its imbalanced budget is focused on the sales tax.
NJ moves to expand contraception coverage for new moms
New Jersey will expand the availability of long-acting reversible contraception methods through its Medicare program, which covers more than 300,000 women.
Marijuana in NJ: What elected officials are worried about
A healthy dose of skepticism was evident Tuesday at a standing-room-only educational seminar for local and state officials on marijuana legalization.
Forget legalization in NJ — They just want decriminalization
The legislation would establish civil fines for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana of $150 for a first offense, increasing to $200 and then $500.
A plan to end lead poisoning in NJ 10 years — but no price tag
The 46-page plan recommends 76 specific actions, including mandatory inspections before older rental or owner-occupied homes could change occupants.
Man who wants to oust Menendez calls him ’embarrassment’
Retired pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin, the likely Republican challenger to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, kicked off his campaign Tuesday.
Murphy’s tax hikes an ‘absolute last resort,’ Sweeney says
Senate President Steve Sweeney repeatedly sent Gov. Chris Christie a millionaires' tax he knew would be vetoed. He says federal tax reform changed things.
Murphy’s tax plan for NJ: Charity or cheating?
Gov. Phil Murphy’s first move on property taxes: Keep them fully deductible under the new federal tax law by letting them be made to new municipal charities.