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.
Minimum wage rising to $8.85; poll says go further, but not $15
New Jersey’s minimum wage goes up by 25 cents an hour on Jan. 1. Three-fourths of New Jersey adults support increasing it further, says a new FDU poll.
Hydrogen-powered cars? Lawmakers think they could jolt NJ economy
Two Assembly committees heard how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are used in cars, equipment and more. It was more about the economy than the science.
NJ Transit riders, get ready for possible fare hike next summer
Stable funding is one of NJ Transit's big problems, auditors said. Their report suggests alternatives, but Gov. Phil Murphy signaled a fare hike is possible.
NJ looks to overhaul DWI law: Emphasize ignition locks, cut suspensions
Drunk-driving penalties for first-time offenders would be revamped if a bill endorsed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee makes it into law.
PARCC change vote delayed by NJ State Board of Education
A planned vote was postponed on changes related to standardized PARCC exams that would give students more alternatives to qualify for high-school graduation.
NJ gets 146 applications to run 6 medical marijuana dispensaries
Health department has 146 applicants from 106 organizations to assess as it awards licenses for six new medicinal marijuana operators.
Weed still illegal, but NJ prosecutors can drop cases for these reasons
Municipal court marijuana cases can restart after Labor Day, though local prosecutors are being asked to consider a list of reasons not to pursue cases.
Other states can send you red-light cam tickets. NJ may stop helping them
A bill would prohibit New Jersey from disclosing information about its drivers to other states for camera-generated speeding or red-light tickets.
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.