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’s new governor could sue feds over concealed-carry reciprocity
Both the outgoing and incoming governors oppose a bill in Congress requiring states to recognize other states' concealed-carry gun permits.
NJ roads getting deadlier: Traffic deaths at highest level in 10 years
Traffic fatalities are up for four straight years, by a combined 16 percent, for the first time since the 1960s. Distracted driving is a chief culprit.
Christie directs all NJ towns to accept prepaid property taxes
Changes in federal tax law have some scrambling to pay 2018 property taxes to maximize tax deductions. If postmarked by Sunday, they'd have to be accepted.
A constitutional right to clean air and water in New Jersey?
Advocacy groups are pushing to guarantee a clean environment in the state constitution. It would open a new avenue for lawsuits to fight development.
2018 brings these new laws to New Jersey — including some tax cuts
The sales and estate taxes are cut at the start of 2018. Other new laws benefit Gold Star families and tweak the date that driver's licenses expire.
Your electric bill might go up to help support NJ’s nuclear power plants
Higher prices wouldn't start until late 2018 at the earliest. They could raise costs $41 a year for homeowners and a half-million for big industrial users.
Murphy picks a ‘consumer’ to regulate NJ banks and insurers
As banking and insurance commissioner, Marlene Caride would oversee the creation of a public bank that Gov.-elect Phil Murphy promised in his campaign.
NJ’s minimum wage rises in January, with bigger jumps to come
The minimum wage goes up 16 cents in 2018, to $8.60. Democrats wants to speed the increase to $15 – which at current rates won't happen for 30 years.
NJ Transit tickets will cost you more to pay for new tunnels
New Jersey has its plan for paying its share of the Gateway Tunnel – and it’s going to cost every rail commuter who crosses the Hudson River to and from Manhattan.
Murphy picks son of immigrants to be attorney general — and fight Trump
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy purposely selected first Sikh to serve as attorney general in America to battle Trump administration on issues such as immigration.
Expungement expansion sent to Christie by lawmakers
Approved changes would enable more people to become eligible more quickly to erase more offenses from their criminal records.
How will Murphy tackle NJ’s $90B pension deficit?
The panel appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to study public workers’ benefits over the last three years produced one final report.