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.
Over 63% of NJ towns block marijuana businesses, at least for now
An unofficial count shows 360 municipalities have opted out of legal marijuana industry and 90 have opted in. But new state rules could sway the reluctant.
NJ legal pot rules set, prioritizing people with past convictions
Interim rules set licensing priorities, fees and more but leave some details for later. A date to start sales isn't set but must happen by Feb. 15.
Just one county left in NJ where COVID spread not rated high
Sussex County is the last county in New Jersey to be rated as having substantial, rather than high, levels of community transmission of the coronavirus.
Lakewood, Newark, Jersey City fueled NJ’s 2010s population growth
The 2020 Census shows cities in northeast New Jersey grew significantly, while Lakewood grew 45%. More remote counties saw their populations shrink.
All New Jersey counties now covered by CDC mask recommendation
Warren County was the last to be added to the list. Five counties in the state are now rated as having high levels of COVID transmission.
Murphy says NJ schools can’t reopen safely without mask mandate
Gov. Phil Murphy says masks will be required in all schools in New Jersey because of the “recent and rampant spread” of the coronavirus delta variant.
Murphy joins region’s governors in calling for Cuomo to resign
Gov. Phil Murphy and fellow Democratic governors from Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island say they're appalled by report on sexual harassment.
NJ teachers brace for more COVID trauma as pandemic lengthens
Among the inequities aggravated by the pandemic are the differences in school systems.
NJ boosting TAG awards more than $2,000 for some college students
An extra $35 million in the state budget will mean larger needs-based Tuition Aid Grant awards in the coming year.
First COVID vaccines climb in NJ; pace up 42% from a month ago
More than 141,000 state residents got first COVID vaccines between July 20 and Aug. 2, according to CDC data.
NJ Supreme Court puts limits on stops for obscured license plates
Check your car's license plates: If phrases on it are fully obscured, you're susceptible to a ticket. If you can still make out the words, you're OK.
NJ congressman says extend all passports due to backlog
Rep. Chris Smith has proposed legislation that would extend expiring passports by a year, as the State Department tries to clear 2 million applications.