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’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.
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.