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.
Medical marijuana plan: Home delivery, lounges, taxed longer
Finally freed from now-delayed legalization plan, a significant plan to expand New Jersey's medical marijuana program is moving quickly in the Legislature.
Plan to penalize pot possession with $50 ticket advances, shakily
Expungement of criminal records advanced easily. But vote on switching to civil fine for possession was shelved, revived, then advanced without discussion.
Should New Jersey end its high school graduation exam?
Lawmakers are now considering a commission that would take up to 18 months to recommend next steps for graduation rules and high-stakes testing.
Marijuana legalization in NJ on hold until 2020 voter referendum
Marijuana will not be legalized for use by adults in New Jersey any time soon, with the idea now delayed until decided by a voter referendum in November 2020.
Shore house tax may be rolled back – but maybe after summer
A Senate panel voted to exempt Shore house bookings directly made by homeowners, without help from services like Airbnb, from new tax collection requirement.
State DOT’s winter weather bill approaches $82 million
Despite fewer storms and a 45% drop in the amount of rock salt and brine spread, the NJDOT's winter weather costs rose slightly this past winter.
Overtime rising in NJ prisons to 775,000 hours, $38 million
Acting Corrections Commissioner Marcus Hicks says it's difficult to keep up with attrition and that recruiting classes are getting smaller.
Murphy suggests $15M to help shift town services to counties
Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget proposes putting some money behind the talk of consolidating local government services.
New funding for NJ colleges called welcome but insufficient
The Murphy administration has a new strategic plan for colleges that ties some funding to student-based outcomes. In total, it adds $14 million in funds.
More spending? More local taxes? School aid cuts may prompt both
The state could provide emergency aid to districts facing aid cuts. The Legislature could also allow bigger property tax hikes or new payroll taxes.
CWA says Sweeney plan could damage pensions, not save them
Public workers union steps up criticism of 'Path to Progress,' with bills enacting portions of it expected to be introduced soon.
Fees on opioids, workers on Medicaid examined at budget hearing
More than $50 million in new fees would be collected to offset opioid spending and Medicaid for people who don't get health coverage from their employers.