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.
66 towns in NJ where taxes actually went DOWN
The average residential property tax bill in New Jersey last year was $8,690 — up just 1.6 percent from the year before.
Murphy administration opposes stricter clean water standard
DEP promises more cooperation under Gov. Phil Murphy but says it won't always agree with lawmakers.
No book deal, but salary hikes for NJ judges and Cabinet are back
Salaries for around 600 high-ranking state officials, including judges and Cabinet officers, would increase significantly under a bill moving in the Senate.
Here’s what NJ is starting to do to overhaul NJ Transit
Assembly panel advances governance, oversight and accountability changes for NJ Transit. More reports, audits, financial and safety changes are still to come.
NJ looks to expand voting by mail and 17-year-olds
A Senate panel Thursday advanced two voting-related bills previously vetoed by Gov. Chris Christie expected to get a warmer reception from Gov. Phil Murphy.
NJ considers requiring cardiac screening for all eighth graders
A 2013 law requires middle school and high school athletes to undergo a cardiac screening. That might be expanded under a bill up for a Senate vote.
NJ may expand all-day kindergarten to every district — at what cost?
Less than 10 percent of New Jersey school districts still have half-day kindergarten. But the plan to mandate full-day programs doesn't come with money.
Safer than ever? NJ murder rate the lowest on record
Murders in New Jersey plunged by the biggest amount in decades in 2017, with the murder rate at its lowest level in over a half-century of record keeping.
Murphy making it harder again to get gun-carry permits in NJ
The change enacted last year under Gov. Chris Christie says serious threats are sufficient for a permit, even if they're not specific.
Nuclear subsidy plan back in Legislature, now a little greener
With additions that reflect Gov. Phil Murphy's energy agenda, the idea of allowing PSEG to seek subsidies for its nuclear plants is back on track in Trenton.
NJ joining federal lawsuit fighting Trump over ‘Dreamers’
New Jersey is joining 15 states and D.C. in their bid to maintain a program protecting undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children.
The first hints of what ‘sanctuary state’ means in NJ
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal won't revoke a directive that police ask about immigration status after arrests for major crimes. But detainers will be studied.