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.
‘Don’t Drive Intexticated’ — AAA likens phones in cars to DWI
AAA Mid-Atlantic on Monday kicked off a multi-year campaign designed to make cell phone use by drivers as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.
Marijuana legalization could require 100 new growing sites in NJ
The state Health Department projects 2 million square feet of cultivation space would be needed to get adult-use recreational marijuana started.
NJ State Police not ready for possible 183K weed expungements
If deleting marijuana convictions is made easier along with legalization, the courts estimate that more than 180,000 people could be newly eligible to apply.
Gas tax hike coming? Treasurer says no, sales trend says yes
Gasoline sales continue to decline in New Jersey, raising the possibility of another gas-tax hike this fall. The Murphy administration thinks it can be avoided.
NJ Health Dept. calls for rapid growth in medical pot dispensaries
New Jersey current has six medical marijuana ATCs, with six more now seeking permits. The state Health Department says 90 will be needed in three years.
‘No’ or ‘not yet?’ Legal pot backers renew push for vote ASAP
After missing Monday's self-imposed deadline for voting on marijuana legislation, Gov. Phil Murphy and lawmakers say talks will continue to tweak the bill.
Murphy highlights social justice in scramble for marijuana votes
Gov. Phil Murphy continued his search for enough votes to legalize marijuana by stressing it would erase hundreds of thousands of past convictions.
Should New Jersey add lots more places to buy alcohol?
An Assembly panel begins a series of hearings into whether to expand alcohol sales in New Jersey – at restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations and more.
Legal pot clears hurdle but votes for approval ‘not there yet’
Committee approvals for adult-use marijuana legalization were delayed for hours, then pushed through with little to no testimony. Vote wrangling continues.
Murphy signs law allowing ‘rain tax’ on stormwater runoff
Local governments can begin charging property owners for the water that runs off their land when it rains, under a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy.
Drug-free workplace rules restored in tweak to legal pot bill
No sooner was the text of the marijuana legalization bill made public than changes to it started being made Thursday. Backers say it's clean-up, nothing major.
Expungements easier, but not automatic, in legal marijuana plan
It's not feasible to automatically erase past drug convictions as part of making marijuana legal for use by adults, says Gov. Phil Murphy.