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.
Cruel summer: Temps topped 90 degrees in NJ prisons without AC
Nearly one-third of New Jersey's state inmates live in prison housing without air conditioning. Around 3,000 correctional officers work in those units.
What to do if you were charged sales tax for tax-free school supplies in NJ
The state Treasury Department says if going back to the seller doesn't work, you can file a claim with the state to get your money back.
NJ Election 2022: What to expect as Roe backlash meets ‘red wave’
The political climate shifted since the Supreme Court overturned abortion rights, complicating the GOP's bid to flip up to four House seats in New Jersey.
Updated COVID boosters will be available around NJ within days
The state has received Pfizer and Moderna bivalent booster doses and is delivering them to more than 800 vaccine providers.
NJ readies for battle with NY over work-from-home income taxes
New York continued to tax New Jersey residents who worked from home during the pandemic for New York-based employers as if they were in their offices.
One year after Ida, added recovery funds slow to flow in NJ
Additional federal recovery funds were greenlighted by the federal government in May, but those programs are still months away from being in place.
At last NYC congestion pricing hearing, buses ask for toll break
Public comments can still be submitted through Sept. 9. What comes after that will depend on the Federal Highway Administration.
NJ answer to school shootings: Make digital maps of all schools
The state will spend $6.5 million in federal funds to digitize school building blueprints for first responders who may need to react quickly to emergencies.
These NJ towns spend the least amount of their property tax bills on schools
Local property taxes pay for about half of what New Jersey schools spend. But in some places it's just under 10%.
NJ’s first back-to-school sales tax holiday starts Saturday
For 10 days, ending Labor Day, school supplies will be tax-free in New Jersey. That includes computers as expensive as $3,000.
Would NJ be lowering standards in order to hire enough teachers?
Proposed rule changes are particularly focused on the supply of math and science teachers, a problem even before current more widespread challenges.
Taxpayers in these NJ towns pay the greatest share for their schools
Statewide, local property taxes pay for about half of what schools spend. But it varies significantly, over 80% in some places and under 10% in others.