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.
Lawmakers look to extend veterans’ property tax break … more
Just days after New Jerseyans voted to expand the veterans’ property tax deduction, lawmakers are moving to ask them to take it another step further.
Monitoring ends with some special ed programs still noncompliant
After five years of monitoring under a lawsuit settlement, 46 of 76 districts are complying with special education rules. To various degrees, 30 others aren't.
Rarity for Republicans: GOP gains seats in legislative elections
Republicans added a Senate seat and at least two Assembly seats, the party's first net gains in a legislative cycle since 1991. Democrats are still in control.
Assembly elections Tuesday, the last before redistricting
N.J. Voters will decide who will be in the Assembly for the next two years, although the map makes it a near-certainty Democrats will keep their majority.
Voters to decide if more veterans can get NJ property tax break
Should veterans be allowed to retain their $250 property tax deduction if they move to a continuing care retirement community? Right now, they cannot.
NJ spending $3M to help people sign up for 2020 health plans
Enrollment for 2020 health-insurance plans on New Jersey’s state-based exchange begins Friday, supported this year by a $3.1 million budget.
NJ warned that violent Pagans biker gang is growing, spreading
Pagans are adding chapters and pushing north in the state, setting up violent skirmishes with a river motorcycle gang, the Hell's Angels.
Yet again, NJ’s business climate ranked last by tax group
New Jersey has maintained an unwanted title, designated by the Tax Foundation as having the lowest-ranked business tax climate in the United States.
100 ways New Jersey can make reentry easier for former inmates
Report suggests comprehensive testing for hepatitis B and C, expanding addiction services, limiting child support obligations and doubling rental assistance.
NJ plan: Skip 10th grade standardized tests, add geometry to math exam
Starting in a few years, state standardized tests won't be given to sophomores, but graduation tests for juniors will include geometry as well as Algebra I.
GOP keeps focus on Murphy saying NJ not for voters worried about taxes
Gov. Phil Murphy, as he's done before, says NJ wouldn't be the choice for those who care only about taxes. He says state is attractive due to other strengths.
Lawsuit: NJ schools are illegally segregated
A hearing is scheduled for next week in state court in a desegregation lawsuit that could have monumental impacts on public education across New Jersey.