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.
A guide to fair elections? A plan for redistricting in NJ
Academics from five universities are recommending ways to improve how New Jersey redraws the boundaries of its 40 legislative districts after the census.
Ocean County prepares to sue NJ over immigration rules
Ocean County freeholders direct their counsel to research a federal lawsuit challenging limits on voluntary assistance by New Jersey law enforcement.
After minimum wage hike, NJ considers tax breaks for hiring teens
The law increasing New Jersey's minimum wage included $10M in tax credits for hiring workers with disabilities. Another $10M might be added for hiring teens.
Medical marijuana will be easier to get — even home delivery
Patients can soon buy more medical marijuana more each month, with eventual home delivery. The sales tax will fade away, though local taxes may be coming.
No shutdown: But Murphy cuts spending, impounds more in 2020 budget
Gov. Phil Murphy vetoed $48.5 million from the budget and impounded up to $235 million more while doing so.
Extra $50M in state funds for NJ Transit won’t be cut by Murphy
The $50M added to the state budget by lawmakers for the subsidy to NJ Transit will remain in the spending plan when it is enacted Sunday by Gov. Phil Murphy.
Murphy: ‘Stone-cold crazy stupid’ to cut community college grants
The program's first semester cost around $20M for grants to students. Murphy sought $58.5M for two semesters. Lawmakers OK'd $25M – and expanded eligibility.
No progress yet toward budget or tax incentives agreement
Nearly half the time has passed between the Legislature’s approval of a budget and extending business tax incentives and the June 30 deadline for enacting them.
Lawmakers consider new concussion, heat rules for H.S. sports
A three-bill package aimed at improving safety for high school athletes awaits action in the Assembly after unanimously passing the Senate.
Legislature votes to extend business tax breaks, inviting veto
Despite Gov. Phil Murphy's veto threat, the Legislature Thursday approved a seven-month extension for New Jersey’s business tax incentive programs.
Legislature sends Murphy a $38.7B budget — What will he do with it?
A $38.7 billion spending plan was approved by the Legislature. Gov. Phil Murphy said it needs corrective action, so a veto or negotiated solution seems needed.
Report: NJ students improving on tests, so don’t change too much
JerseyCAN calls widespread gains on state standardized tests evidence N.J. shouldn't step away from rigorous exams as it replaces what used to be called PARCC.