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.
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.
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.
Plan advances to ban foam cups and plates in NJ school cafeterias
Polystyrene packaging costs less than alternatives such as paper, but proponents of a ban in schools and colleges say it's bad for health and the environment.
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.
Lawmakers suggest lots of exceptions to $15 minimum wage
Lawmakers ticked through a series of exceptions they'd like if a $15 an hour minimum wage is adopted, as Gov. Phil Murphy and his labor commissioner want.
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.