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.
Crucial two days ahead in NJ for $15 minimum wage debate
Staffers for Gov. Phil Murphy and legislative leaders met Monday and will meet Wednesday to talk minimum wage. The lawmakers and governor then meet Thursday.
NJ Transit: Limited weekend service suspensions possible in 2019
Despite confidence that positive train control equipment deadlines will be met, NJ Transit isn't yet sure when this year's service suspensions will end.
NJ considering these ideas to reduce ‘deer epidemic’
Urged on by farmers, some lawmakers want to develop a package of bills in the new year aimed at reducing the number of deer in New Jersey.
NJ plan for $15 minimum wage too slow and weak, advocates cry
Lawmakers will cast their first votes Monday on incrementally raising the minimum wage, but final approval wouldn’t come until the Jan. 31 at the earliest.
Lawmakers look at shortening penalties for some parole violations
Bill would slice prison sentence from 12 months to nine for parolees who use drugs, fail to report to a parole officer or violate special release conditions.
Death of NJ college student prompts bill to boost hazing penalty
The 2017 death of Timothy Piazza at Penn State may inspire tougher penalties for hazing in New Jersey. Piazza's neighbor encouraged a senator to push for it.
Minimum wage rising to $8.85; poll says go further, but not $15
New Jersey’s minimum wage goes up by 25 cents an hour on Jan. 1. Three-fourths of New Jersey adults support increasing it further, says a new FDU poll.
Hydrogen-powered cars? Lawmakers think they could jolt NJ economy
Two Assembly committees heard how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are used in cars, equipment and more. It was more about the economy than the science.
NJ Transit riders, get ready for possible fare hike next summer
Stable funding is one of NJ Transit's big problems, auditors said. Their report suggests alternatives, but Gov. Phil Murphy signaled a fare hike is possible.
NJ looks to overhaul DWI law: Emphasize ignition locks, cut suspensions
Drunk-driving penalties for first-time offenders would be revamped if a bill endorsed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee makes it into law.
NJ gets 146 applications to run 6 medical marijuana dispensaries
Health department has 146 applicants from 106 organizations to assess as it awards licenses for six new medicinal marijuana operators.
Weed still illegal, but NJ prosecutors can drop cases for these reasons
Municipal court marijuana cases can restart after Labor Day, though local prosecutors are being asked to consider a list of reasons not to pursue cases.