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.
Deal reached on graduation rules for NJ seniors and juniors
The state and groups that successfully sued over high school standardized testing reached an agreement clarifying graduation rules for 2019 & 2020.
Despite optimism and news of deal, NJ marijuana talks ‘ongoing’
An agreement on marijuana legalization in New Jersey isn’t yet complete, and despite recent progress and optimism, there’s still not a timetable for a vote.
New gender, sexual orientation options possible for NJ forms
New Jersey birth certificates now allow people to document a biological sex outside of the historical male/female system. Other state forms might follow suit.
Parking taxes may be raised in some New Jersey municipalities
The price to park in Newark and other cities in New Jersey could be raised to help improve pedestrian access to mass transit, under a bill advanced Thursday.
Should NJ allow terminally ill patients to end their lives?
Lawmakers again consider allowing terminally ill patients to obtain a lethal prescription from their doctors that they could use to end their life.
NJ moves to keep old graduation rules — but for how many classes?
Midway through a long process to revamp graduation testing, the Murphy administration is working to temporarily protect a system it ultimately wants to change.
First impact of NJ minimum wage hike is local government workers
If the hike in the minimum wage is going to affect property taxes, one of the first places it could show up is in the school budgets approved this spring.
No opponents at hearing on allowing inmates to vote in NJ
A Senate panel heard testimony for two hours on the idea of allowing people serving criminal sentences to vote in New Jersey for the first time in 175 years.
$15 minimum wage for New Jersey to be signed into law Monday
A bill raising New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15 an hour for most workers by 2024 was passed Thursday and will be signed into law Monday.
Legal marijuana deal called close – but then comes the hard part
The $15 minimum wage took many months to negotiate but just two weeks from agreement to approval. The vote on legal marijuana won't come so quickly.
NJ might change law to make overturned PARCC rules valid
To make sure graduation isn't disrupted for high schools seniors, legislators look to adjust state law so that overturned graduation rules become compliant.
Could $15 minimum wage in NJ lead to higher property taxes?
A plan to boost New Jersey’s minimum wage by nearly 70 percent over the next five years cleared its first hurdle by a party-line vote Thursday.