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 approves $700M in new taxes, set to OK borrowing on Monday
State lawmakers approved a $32.7 billion, nine-month spending plan and more than $700 million in higher taxes Thursday
NJ ban on plastic and paper bags approved — now it’s up to Murphy
Single-use bags and polystyrene food packaging will be phased out in the spring of 2022, and plastic straws will be only on-demand in a year, if it's signed.
NJ close to offering ‘COVID credits’ to free thousands of inmates
To further reduce crowding in prisons to make social distancing possible, the Legislature may vote to release thousands of inmates eight months early.
NJ to extend earned income tax credit to more young adults
Bipartisan support for legislation to lower the age at which working adults without children become eligible for the state EITC from 25 to 21 in New Jersey.
Taxes, borrowing, spending — all up, up, up in NJ’s revised budget
The state plans to borrow $4.5 billion to balance its budget and boost its surplus to $2.5 billion. Spending is higher than Gov. Phil Murphy had pitched.
Senators resist lifeline for alcohol makers, seasonal bars
Committee OK's extending seasonal licenses to January 2022 but balks at even longer extension. Bill to help breweries doesn't yet get a vote.
Black leaders to Senate panel: Reform policing, don’t defund it
At a Senate hearing, testimony says it's because law enforcement is important that it needs to be improved to address racial inequities.
Bill seeks to scrub internet of addresses of NJ judges, police
Bill seeks to prevent certain home details from being published online has been expanded to set up protocols for having such posts taken down.
MVC separation of licensing, vehicle centers may be permanent
Motor Vehicle Commission chief says the change, made to allow for easier social distancing, has made things more efficient. But it won't stick statewide.
Plan advances for $500 fines for not wearing masks in NJ stores
Assembly committee endorses bill allowing fines of $50 to $500 if a person in a New Jersey retail store doesn't wear a mask over their nose and mouth.
Pandemic clears way for return of millionaires tax in NJ
It took a worldwide pandemic – plus $500 checks to middle-class families in an election year – to get a millionaires tax back on the books in New Jersey.
COVID cases, test positivity rates up among younger NJ residents
With COVID-19 cases increasing among younger New Jerseyans, the state is urging caution and plans to roll out a new contact tracing app on college campuses.