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 spending more than house is worth on toxic clean-up — And family is trapped
The owner of a Sayreville home polluted by industrial chemicals pushes for the state to buyout his property – a power the DEP does not have and does not want.
Surprise skirmish with ex-Gov. McGreevey over prisoner re-entry funding
Lawmakers last year added $5M to the state budget to support prisoner re-entry programs. They're looking for more — but actually see a cut in the budget plan.
Bill aims to promote municipal mergers — even if towns aren’t neighbors
There's been only one municipal merger in the decade since a new state law encouraging consolidation. A bill aims to tweak the effort further.
Governor: Everyone complains about pipelines and powerlines … but we need them
Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t taken a position on a high-voltage transmission line proposed for Monmouth County but said a balance must be struck to upgrade system reliability.
NJ moves toward background checks for family day care providers
Criminal history background checks would be expanded to cover family day care providers under legislation likely to soon reach Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.
Christie to decide if unions to control police and fire pension fund
Despite concerns about possible costs for taxpayers, the Assembly voted 61-4 for a bill ceding control of the police and fire pension funds to a union-controlled panel.
Dems say Christie should lobby Trump against health-care replacement
Votes in Congress on replacing the Affordable Care Act are imminent. A report says the plan could cost a half-million New Jerseyans health coverage by 2020.
Health-care law repeal a wild card at NJ budget hearings
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act, if it happens, will take months to enact and years to roll out. But it's already influencing the coming year's budget.
NJ Assembly votes to make it easier for towns to raise property taxes
Towns and counties would gain an exemption to the spending limits of the cap on property tax increases, for spending that attracts matching-fund grants.
Fears of federal cuts a feature at first NJ state budget hearing
The possible impact of federal budget cuts was a recurring theme at the first public hearing on New Jersey's proposed budget for 2018.
New Jersey’s long-term debt surges $18 billion in one year
New Jersey’s long-term debt grew by 12 percent last year, due to what it owes for pensions and health benefits for retirees, according to an annual state report.
Should N.J. police and fire unions take over management of their pension fund?
Despite objections from one of the unions that would be involved, a bipartisan Senate panel advanced a plan to shift the police/fire pension to a labor-run board.