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.
Plunging gasoline sales could mean NJ gas-tax hike this fall
New Jersey's gas tax rises each year as sales decline, to ensure the state a steady level of revenue. The stay-at-home order has made gasoline sales shrivel.
NJ’s advice for the jobless, such as: Say you’re looking for work
One in 12 workers in New Jersey filed for unemployment in a two-week span. State urges patience as the system to file for benefits can't keep up.
Unemployment keeps surging, with over 205,000 new claims in NJ
The number of New Jerseyans filing new claims for unemployment benefits reached another record last week due to the coronavirus, topping 205,000.
NJ to delay 2021 state budget three months due to coronavirus
New Jersey plans a supplemental appropriation to extend its 2020 budget by three months, so it can have time to assess state finances this summer.
NJ alters rules to allow special-education classes online during pandemic
The state Board of Education voted to temporarily allow special education services to be provided over the phone or online during the coronavirus shutdown.
With economy teetering, will NJ budget still seek millionaires tax?
Gov. Phil Murphy hasn’t yet identified changes in the post-coronavirus state budget though has indicated he’d still like to increase the millionaires tax.
Report pushes for taxes, not spending cuts, to salvage NJ’s budget
New Jersey Policy Perspective says state residents need more services, not fewer, as the economy enters into a recession.
Lawmakers say toll hike hearings ‘outrageous’ during pandemic
Some state lawmakers are criticizing the Murphy administration for pushing forward with plans to raise tolls on New Jersey’s three toll roads.
Room and board refunds: NJ colleges start announcing plans
Schools are at different points in the process of compensating displaced students for the room and board they couldn’t use when coronavirus closed campuses.
Mortgage relief for many in NJ — but not for everyone
Three-month mortgage forbearance limited to those directly impacted economically by COVID-19, with eligibility decided by lenders on a case-by-case basis.
NJ approves millions to help small businesses survive coronavirus
The state estimates 3,000 to 5,000 small businesses in New Jersey could benefit from the new initiatives, which may ramp up further with federal funds.
Nearly 156,000 in NJ file for unemployment — up over 1,500%
Jump of 155,815 fueled by COVID-19 was a 16-fold increase from the week before and more than three times greater than any week on record.