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.
Superstorm Sandy caused $3B in health impacts, says new report
More than $540 million in illness-related costs were inflicted in New Jersey by Superstorm Sandy, according to a new report on health and climate change.
‘Not a Trenton takeover,’ but senior communities worry
A seemingly innocuous, mundane, stripped-down bill that updates state laws for common-interest communities has caused alarm in senior developments.
NJ’s water system accountability law a model – if it’s followed
New Jersey might now have the nation’s best accountability law for water systems – if only it could get them to comply with it.
Plan advances to ban cigarette sales at NJ pharmacies
Legislation endorsed by the Senate health committee would impact retailers such as supermarkets that have pharmacies, as well as stand-alone pharmacies.
Free beaches for NJ teens? Yes, if lawmakers get their way
Beach badge season is over for 2019 – and if some lawmakers get their way, might never return for most teenagers in some Shore towns.
To pass NJ’s new science assessments, score of 57% may suffice
Cut scores for the new NJSLA-Science are still being finalized. For middle- and high-school students, scores below 60% may be deemed proficient.
PARCC’s replacement won’t arrive until 2021 – or 2023, for some
The replacement of the tests formerly known as PARCC with an entirely new assessment probably won’t be complete in Gov. Phil Murphy’s four-year term.
Back-to-school special: NJ awards $20M to expand preschool
The expansion aid to 28 school districts brings New Jersey's total spending on preschool aid to more than $800 million this year.
NJ starts ‘red flag’ law allowing guns to be temporarily taken
A ‘red flag’ law that allows courts to order guns to be temporarily removed from people deemed a danger to themselves or others takes effect Sunday.
Democrats vote to expand NJ’s mail-in voter lists
Democratic lawmakers this week passed a hastily written bill that signs up more voters to automatically receive vote-by-mail ballots for all elections.
NJ attorney general calls rise in reported bias incidents ‘a crisis’
Murphy administration creates task force on youth bias in response to report showing bias incidents on the rise in New Jersey.
Lt. Gov. Oliver: Employers that steal wages ‘no longer welcome’ in NJ
New Jersey is toughening its law against wage theft. Business group says it criminalizes inadvertent mistakes.