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.
Room and board refunds: NJ colleges start announcing plans
Schools are at different points in the process of compensating displaced students for the room and board they couldn’t use when coronavirus closed campuses.
NJ Assembly votes by phone to approve five virus-response bills
The content of the legislation took a backseat to the way the voting session itself was conducted – by phone, with just one lawmaker in Trenton.
NJ orders commercial labs to share all COVID-19 test results
Unlike some states, New Jersey health officials haven't been receiving and sharing full data about the number of residents tested for the novel coronavirus.
It’s not known how many in NJ have been tested for coronavirus
Unlike some states, New Jersey doesn't receive data about negative COVID-19 test results from commercial and hospital-based labs.
Murphy asks businesses to keep paying workers — help is on the way
Governor says state and federal programs to help virus-shocked businesses are coming but workers dropped from payroll may miss out on expanded sick-leave pay.
One of NJ’s top doctors has coronavirus — ‘Indicative of what’ll happen at every hospital’
Dr. James Pruden was admitted to St. Joseph's University Medical Center on March 6. There is no evidence it spread from him to co-workers or patients.
If schools close for weeks, where will free meals be provided?
New Jersey expects U.S. Department of Agriculture to waive rules so that all districts can deliver grab-and-go meals at off-school locations.
Coronavirus: NJ still leaving school closure choice to districts — for now
Decisions about whether to close a school for weeks due to the novel coronavirus remains one for school districts to make, as the state is not yet ordering it.
Plastic and paper bag ban passed by NJ Senate — again
Legislation banning plastic bags, paper bags and Styrofoam food containers is approved by the Senate and back to the Assembly, where it stalled two months ago.
NJ schools told to prepare for coronavirus disruptions
State officials are encouraging school districts to be prepared for various impacts from the coronavirus, from skipping assemblies to temporary closures.
Ban on cat declawing in N.J. advancing in Legislature
Lawmakers are considering whether to make New Jersey the second state to mostly outlaw the declawing of cats.
Murphy to endorse ending NJ income taxes on combat zone pay
New Jersey is the only state that taxes combat pay. Gov. Phil Murphy will endorse long-stalled legislation that would finally end that.