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.
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.
Labor backs Murphy, who blasts ‘voodoo math’ of lawmakers’ budget
Gov. Phil Murphy clung to his push to raise taxes on income exceeding $1 million Tuesday, despite opposition from Democratic legislative leaders.
Church says new bill unfairly treats some victims of sexual abuse
A bill seeks to clarify liability for public entities in sexual abuse lawsuits. Catholic Conference says it puts a tighter lid on monetary damages.
Lawmakers defy Murphy — no millionaires’ tax in this budget
Budget committee Democrats advance 2020 budget that spends slightly more than the governor had proposed and without the tax and fee hikes he proposed.
Lawmakers look to shield H.S. coaches from ‘overbearing’ parents
A bill moving in Trenton would provide head coaches of high school sports three-year contracts and spell out a process to follow to fire them or cut their pay.
NJ Senate advances reforms as thousands protest outside
While unions rallied against the Senate president's legislative plan, some of its less-controversial ideas related to state and county government advanced.
Lawmakers look to extend biz tax breaks Murphy wants to replace
Lawmakers don't favor the economic plan Gov. Phil Murphy has pushed since October. They're eyeing a 7-month extension to allow more time to negotiate.
EMTs added to bill improving pensions for ill 9/11 volunteers
Legislation making police and firefighters who got sick volunteering at Ground Zero eligible for accidental disability pensions gets amended to include EMTs.
Pot half full: Legislature OK’s expungement, delays on medical
Senate and Assembly approve a plan to make it easier to erase past criminal convictions. They're looking at possible changes to medical marijuana bill.
NJ extends high school graduation options through Class of 2022
Graduation rules in place for the current senior and junior classes will be extended to all current high school students, keeping tests like the SAT an option.
NJ moves to preserve Affordable Care Act by making it state law
The Affordable Care Act is being challenged in federal court and altered by the Trump administration. New Jersey might turn it into state law.
NJ plans to add 100+ new medical marijuana businesses
A rapid expansion of New Jersey's medical marijuana program may go beyond what lawmakers envision in bill one vote from reaching Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.