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 aims to boost democracy in homeowners associations
One of every seven New Jersey residents lives in communities overseen by homeowners associations. State lawmakers say they need more of a voice.
NJ lawmakers striking out in bid to learn Statehouse project details
There’s still scarce detail available about a nearly $300 million Statehouse renovation project due to start within weeks, unless lawsuits knock it off course.
New lower speed limits near NJ schools: Safety or speed traps?
Speed limits on roads adjacent to schools may be lowered if a bill advanced by an Assembly committee makes into law. A plan to triple fines was dropped.
NJ hoping to raise $200M from stepped-up tax enforcement
The state is counting on stepped-up enforcement and better responsiveness from its Division of Taxation to bring in an extra $200 million for the budget.
Will marijuana be legal in NJ? Depends who is elected governor
A plan to legalize and tax marijuana will be introduced in the Statehouse on Monday. Its fate depends on who gets elected governor in November.
Christie a popular target for candidates seeking to replace him — even Republicans
Gov. Chris Christie came in for some criticism at Tuesday’s gubernatorial debates – and not just when Democrats were jawing.
‘Make a mistake with this, somebody dies’ — NJ to modify bail reform this month
New Jersey’s bail reforms are likely to be modified by month’s end, to increase the likelihood defendants with a history of weapons offenses are detained until trial.
Phil Murphy pledges more NJ Transit aid, potentially from new taxes
Phil Murphy pledges to increase state support for New Jersey Transit operations if elected governor and says that could potentially require a tax hike.
NJ’s $300M Statehouse renovation may actually cost taxpayers $500M
Statehouse renovation, which will cost around $500 million to repay including interest, will not require direct approval by the Legislature or voters.
NJ Senate leader: No state budget unless school aid changed
Unless there are changes to the school-funding formula and additional aid, the Senate won’t pass a state budget, Senate President Stephen Sweeney said.
NJ may tweak bail reform to keep more suspects behind bars
New Jersey officials say the near-elimination of cash bail has been a success – though it could be in for some changes. It's also running short of money.
How will Amtrak repairs impact NJ Transit commute? Wait a few weeks …
Amtrak will meet next week with NJ Transit and LIRR to discuss Penn Station repairs. Until then, the impact on train schedules won't be known.