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.
The slow, frustrating slog to launch new NJ marijuana businesses
The state is working through nearly 1,200 license applications for marijuana businesses. About one-fourth have conditional approval, none have final OK.
Good news, NJ rail commuters: Portal North construction underway
The replacement of the 111-year-old swing bridge is the first part of the larger Gateway Program to begin construction. First track should open by 2026.
NJ Lottery sales drop, still top $3.6B – here’s what you bought
If not for unclaimed prizes that lapse, the NJ Lottery would not meet the state law requiring that 30% of sales revenues goes to the state this year.
Wawa pays NJ $2.5M to settle credit card data breach
Hackers got access to credit card data for as many as 34 million transactions in six states and D.C. in 2019, both in Wawa stores and at its fuel pumps.
NJ is offering money again to help residents buy electric cars
For a third year, New Jersey will subsidize the purchase or lease of an electric car, with the biggest help for those costing under $45,000.
NJ creates new office tasked with suing gun industry
Three weeks after a new law greenlighted public nuisance lawsuits against gun makers and sellers, a new office was created specifically to deploy it.
How NJ Transit will spend its $814 million construction windfall
The state is using some of its record surplus to pay for construction without having to borrow for it. Some of that will upgrade seven NJ Transit stations.
NJ becomes one of last states to create licenses for police
New Jersey law enforcement officers will soon need to hold professional licenses issued by the state, under a bill signed into law Thursday.
It’s not all bad news: A look at job market in NJ after the pandemic
Government employment hasn't fully rebounded, so overall jobs remain lower than they were in February 2020 in New Jersey.
Moderate Party asking courts to bring fusion voting to NJ
The Moderate Party wants to list Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski as its candidate, too, despite century-old laws that don't allow for that.
Smoke in operating rooms? Nurses say NJ can help their health with new rule
Operating room nurses say that surgical smoke is as dangerous as cigarette smoke and technology that can remove it should be mandated by the state.
NJ capital city dysfunction leads state to step in to avoid default on debt
Trenton's often dysfunctional city government required the intervention of the state for authorization to make a $14.4 million debt payment.