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 lawmakers advance 6 gun bills, including new restraining orders
At a five and a half hour hearing Wednesday, an Assembly committee started a half-dozen bills on a path toward a governor eager to sign them.
Blood money? Bill would pull NJ pensions from gun investments
A new bill sponsored by Democratic lawmakers would prohibit New Jersey's pension funds from investing in manufacturers of firearms or ammunition.
New Jersey forms gun safety coalition with three Northeast states
The idea was in development for a year, first as a campaign promise of Gov. Phil Murphy, who said the work accelerated after the Florida school shooting.
Marijuana in NJ: What elected officials are worried about
A healthy dose of skepticism was evident Tuesday at a standing-room-only educational seminar for local and state officials on marijuana legalization.
Forget legalization in NJ — They just want decriminalization
The legislation would establish civil fines for possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana of $150 for a first offense, increasing to $200 and then $500.
Murphy making it harder again to get gun-carry permits in NJ
The change enacted last year under Gov. Chris Christie says serious threats are sufficient for a permit, even if they're not specific.
The first hints of what ‘sanctuary state’ means in NJ
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal won't revoke a directive that police ask about immigration status after arrests for major crimes. But detainers will be studied.
Unauthorized immigrants may soon get NJ driver’s licenses
As many as 466,000 immigrants would be eligible for a special driver's license under the plan. Backers say there would be safety and economic benefits.
NJ property tax haul in 2017 was $29B — See how it changed in your town
Good news for New Jersey: Property taxes rose 1.6% in 2017, up smallest since 2013. But that's $141 for the average home and still $480 million statewide.
Christie’s farewell speech: ‘I ran to be a governor of consequence’
Christie's final and longest State of the State was mostly a glossy look back at eight years. He did implore lawmakers to do more about pensions.
Murphy still noncommittal on police and fire salary cap
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy also announces two more Cabinet members and expresses confidence Gateway Tunnel will win federal funding support.
Lawmakers seek to make gun buybacks annual event in NJ
The state has bought and melted down 20,000 guns through about a dozen buybacks since 2012. A bill would require nine buybacks every year.