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 government shutdown continues with no end in sight
“It could be infinity. It could go right until I leave office,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “... The cap is when the budget reaches my desk."
Budget impasse leads to NJ government shutdown – here’s what’s open & closed
Gov. Chris Christie has directed nonessential state services to be shut down because New Jersey’s new fiscal year began Saturday without an approved budget.
Shutdown sit-down: Christie invites top Democrats to meet
Gov. Chris Christie has invited top Democrats to his office for a meeting on the budget impasse, with just hours before a possible state government shutdown.
Christie book deal could mean raises for 700 public officials, costing millions
Pay raises in a bill letting Gov. Chris Christie sign a book deal would affect around 700 officials, totaling $10 million to start, then growing $3 million to $5 million a year.
Weed could be legal in NJ in 2018, lawmakers say after Colorado trip
New Jersey lawmakers back from Colorado after checking out that state’s marijuana industry say they saw nothing to deter them from legalizing it in the Garden State in 2018.
Why both conservatives AND liberals are against proposed NJ gas-tax plan
A plan to hike New Jersey’s gas tax and enact offsetting tax cuts was bashed Wednesday by lawmakers and interest groups from both sides of the political spectrum.
Trip to Colorado convinces NJ senator he’s right on legalizing marijuana
Sen. Nicholas Scutari, who wants New Jersey to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use, says Colorado's experience bodes well for a similar effort here.
Bipartisan plan would make NJ’s gas tax 7th highest in U.S.
After waiting months for a Transportation Trust Fund replenishment plan, it appears there are now two. One includes a 23-cent a gallon hike in gas taxes.
Paper or plastic? Either one may soon cost you a nickel at NJ stores
Consumers might start paying a nickel for each paper and plastic bags when shopping in New Jersey in a little over a year, under a plan to raise money for lead programs.