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 again hits COVID vaccine target – for real this time, sort of
CDC data shows that as of July 4, just over 4.7 million New Jersey adults had been fully vaccinated. However, that's still doesn't reach 70%.
NJ already revamps plan to dole out $14B in business tax breaks
The economic plan enacted in January is already undergoing extensive changes, including a concession regarding how many people now work from home.
Porkapalooza or reflecting NJ needs? Legislature approves billions in spending
New Jersey’s most unusual state budget season ended in standard fashion , with the $46.4 billion plan sent to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk in a party-line vote.
‘Shameful’ NJ budget process rushes toward approval Thursday
A 280-page bill spending $46.4 billion was available to lawmakers roughly 15 minutes and the public 10 minutes before it was taken up for votes.
NJ putting aside $3.7B to pay down and avoid more state debt
New Jersey's bonded debt is approaching $50 billion, including the $3.7 billion the state borrowed in November when it thought COVID would wreck its revenues.
How NJ will spend $2.2 billion in federal COVID recovery funds
From $600 million for special education services for 22-year-olds to $1.5 million to dredge the Woodbridge marina, plans for COVID funds are being detailed.
Kean to become New Jersey’s first urban research university
Research funding at Kean has already tripled since 2017, and money and opportunities may increase under designation unanimously approved by Legislature.
Murphy, lawmakers agree to finally update NJ homestead benefits
Benefits for eligible homeowners have long been based on 2006 property tax information, even as bills continued rising. The change in the budget will boost benefits $130 or more.
More hunger-focused bills likely to be approved with NJ budget
Two focus on meals for students, two focus on how SNAP benefits are administered, and the last would create an Office of the Food Insecurity Advocate.
New NJ law: Landlords can’t ask applicants about criminal records
Gov. Phil Murphy signs the bill into law at a Paterson church as part of marking the first observation of Juneteenth as a state and federal holiday.
Proposed state task force would scrutinize youth sports in NJ
From abusive coaches and parents to bullying by players to unscrupulous team and league organizers, the panel would have a wide range of focus.
NJ adds 13,600 jobs in May – but still down 314,000 in pandemic
At the rate jobs have been added so far in 2021, it would take until the end of 2023 to recover pandemic-era losses. But things might speed up going forward.