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 getting ready to allow more bars, restaurants that serve alcohol
A bill that could significantly expand the number of restaurants that can sell beer, wine and spirits has finally gotten an initial vote in the Legislature.
Congress won’t act? NJ looks to regulate internet privacy
State lawmakers are considering jumping in where Congress won’t by adopting restrictions on how ISPs can sell their subscribers’ data.
Lawsuit seeks to force racial integration of NJ’s public schools
A coalition of civil rights, faith and education groups sued the state in an attempt to force it to integrate New Jersey’s public and charter schools.
NJ looks again at banning smoking on all beaches
The Legislature approved a statewide ban on smoking on public beaches twice, only to see Gov. Chris Christie veto it. But Phil Murphy is now governor.
NJ already taking financial aid applications from undocumented
Undocumented immigrants raised in New Jersey can now apply for state financial aid programs to attend New Jersey colleges, under a law signed Wednesday.
Murphy now says raises for 35K workers to cost $149 million
The Murphy administration projects the cost of the contract settlement will be around $149 million, more than half to cover withheld longevity increases.
NJ seeks balance on medical pot if program booms as expected
State officials appear more worried about an oversupply leaking into the black market than about supply shortages for new medical marijuana patients.
NJ gets ready to allow sports betting
A Supreme Court decision in New Jersey's favor could mean legal sports betting – but its start might require the Legislature to act quickly.
Is bail reform working in NJ? Report coming this fall
Other states are calling New Jersey to learn about its groundbreaking criminal justice reforms – which are on track to run out of funds in about two years.
Murphy’s treasurer: ‘Not a lot of new programs’ in $2.7B increase
Acting state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio says 83% of proposed new spending goes toward pensions, health benefits, debt and Medicaid.
Physician-assisted suicide up for debate again in NJ
Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live would be able to obtain a prescription for medication that, if taken, would end their lives.
Alcohol more dangerous than weed, NJ health commissioner tells lawmakers
A report suggesting changes to NJ's medical marijuana program will be filed by March 24. "An entire slew of recommendations," says acting health commissioner.