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 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.
Other states can send you red-light cam tickets. NJ may stop helping them
A bill would prohibit New Jersey from disclosing information about its drivers to other states for camera-generated speeding or red-light tickets.
Free community college starts in NJ — but not for everyone
Thousands of New Jersey students will begin attending community colleges tuition-free in January – though not in every county. We'll know where in September.
Murphy signs state budget and nearly $1.4B in tax hikes
The $37.4 billion budget includes close to $1.4 billion in tax increases, plus a tax amnesty offer expected to bring in $200 million in revenues.
Shutdown averted as Murphy and lawmakers reach budget deal
Gov. Phil Murphy and Democratic legislative leaders have reached a deal on a state budget, just hours before the deadline that could have triggered a shutdown.
NJ budget deadline looms: GOP won’t hurry to raise taxes
New Jersey looks certain to open its new fiscal year Sunday without a budget in place. Whether that means a partial government shutdown that closes state-run parks and beaches remains to be seen.
Murphy’s tax compromise: Raise ’em all, just not as much
Gov. Phil Murphy's proposed compromise on tax hikes: scaled-back versions of his income and sales tax plans and the Legislature's business tax surcharge.
NJ’s new gun laws: Higher fees, easier to confiscate
Gov. Phil Murphy signs six new gun-control measures, including "red flag" laws designed to temporarily take guns from people deemed dangerous.
Legal sports betting approved in NJ — could start any day now
Legal sports betting could begin in New Jersey at any time, now that legislation allowing it has passed. It might even start before Gov. Phil Murphy signs it.
MVC collects $1.2B in fees but can’t upgrade its computer system
The MVC’s computers are ancient and not getting fixed soon, even after the agency was forced offline Monday.
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.