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.
Candidates for governor debate and dodge NJ budget questions
The second and final gubernatorial debate was held Tuesday. Early voting starts Oct. 23, and Election Day is Nov. 2.
Union says Rutgers pay-equity offers still shortchange faculty
Rutgers University offered around $1.2 million in salary increases to settle around 100 pay-equity complaints. Union says a new system wasn't followed.
New NJ law ends arrest, ticket quota data when evaluating cops
Ticket and arrest quotas were already barred in New Jersey, though such data could still be used as part of a performance evaluation – but not anymore.
Older NJ residents say Medicare should bargain with drug makers
An FDU Poll commissioned by AARP finds nearly 90% of residents over 50 support a proposal to let Medicare negotiate for lower prescription prices.
Why gas prices didn’t drop with NJ gas tax – and now are rising
Gas stations had to clear out inventory bought at the old tax rate and don't get refunds on it. Now higher crude oil and wholesale prices will negate any drop.
Lt. gov. debate features civil clashes on guns, MVC and more
Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and Republican challenger Diane Allen debated at Rider University, disagreeing often but at a lower volume than the gubernatorial debate.
Nearly 7 weeks of unhealthy air days in New Jersey in 2020
New Jerseyans endured fewer days with elevated levels of air pollution last year but still experienced more than six weeks of unhealthy air, says a new report.
Home-baked goods businesses are finally legal in New Jersey
New Jersey becomes the last state to allow "cottage food" businesses to be run from residents' home kitchens. Permit applications available soon.
One week to comment on $16B plan to keep floods from NJ back bays
Public comment on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers draft plan ends Oct. 12. Construction wouldn't start until at least 2030, take 15 years or more.
New Jersey gas tax reduction takes effect Friday
Under a state law that requires annual adjustments to meet a revenue target, the gas tax in New Jersey goes down 8.3 cents to 42.4 cents a gallon on Oct. 1.
Happy trails: NJ to step up promotion of its craft breweries
A new state law will require the state to develop at least three 'brewery trails' promoting vacations and day trips to breweries and nearby tourism spots.
In reversal, Ciattarelli backs licenses for undocumented in NJ
Republican gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli said in a primary debate he would end driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. He now supports them.