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 hopes to head off nation’s worst eviction crisis post-COVID
Two months after the public health emergency eventually lifts, evictions that have been on hold since last March will surge. Federal aid can help reduce it.
With no FDA, NJ considers how to ensure safe, legal marijuana
Industry representatives tell lawmakers a system of third-party laboratories to test products and check labeling will be needed to assure safety for consumers.
As water bills grow, NJ urged to consider fund to help residents
Water, sewer and wastewater upgrades are likely to be costly, not to mention other climate change resiliency measures to address rising seas and floods.
NJ property taxes went up again in 2020 — but not in these 55 towns
Last year saw the the highest increase in the statewide tax levy in a decade,
Lawmakers to NJ’s education chief: Get schools reopened faster
Frequent topics at a Senate hearing on the Department of Education budget included school reopenings, spending of federal aid and the delayed assessments.
NJ public school enrollment drops 3%, lowest level in 20 years
Enrollment decline was sharpest in pre-K and kindergarten, as families opted against remote learning or starting amid the COVID pandemic.
Some data missing, others steady on COVID-era school report cards
Statewide graduation rates are steady. Dropout rates are down. Absenteeism data is missing, as a federal waiver said it didn't have to be collected.
NJ’s budget awash in cash, though probably not for long
Though the state approaches its new budget with a huge surplus, analysts are cautioning a fiscal cliff could await a year later. Federal funds might delay it.
Turns out borrowing $4.3B ‘not essential’ to balance NJ budget
The state's emergency COVID borrowing cannot be repaid early, but Treasury Department says it makes more sense to repay other debt with higher interest rates.
Masks every winter? A 99% drop in flu cases says it would help
Masks, distancing and handwashing adopted to deal with COVID-19 also knocked down the flu season, with just 144 positive tests in New Jersey as it winds down.
Next up for voting reformers: Ban police from polls in NJ
Proponents say the change would guard against voter supression in areas where people are wary of law enforcement. Critics say it treats police as criminals.
Lawmakers look to let towns borrow to buy electric vehicles
The Senate passed its bill, and an Assembly committee endorsed its bill. But the plans differ on whether to include hybrid, hydrogen and natural gas vehicles.