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.
Why gas prices didn’t drop with NJ gas tax – and now are rising
Gas stations had to clear out inventory bought at the old tax rate and don't get refunds on it. Now higher crude oil and wholesale prices will negate any drop.
Voters’ view of Murphy on COVID: Good job, despite some mistakes
Over half of voters assign blame for nursing home deaths and small business woes to the governor, but over 60% say he's handled pandemic well in Monmouth Poll.
PHOTOS: These 54 men from NJ were killed in Afghanistan’s 20-year war
At least 54 military service members who were from New Jersey or had past ties to the state died in operations related to the war in Afghanistan.
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.
Another $923M in federal COVID funds coming to NJ schools
Federal aid to New Jersey schools through the three pandemic recovery laws approved by Congress now exceeds $4 billion.
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.
Sweeney: NJ schools need more money for COVID ventilation fixes
Although schools have gotten nearly $2.5 billion in the latest federal coronavirus recovery law, officials tell lawmakers they need more aid for HVAC work.
NJ landlords lose challenge to Murphy’s COVID order on rents
Early in the pandemic, Gov. Phil Murphy issued an executive order letting tenants pay rent using their security deposits, which ordinarily isn't allowed.
NJ adds 13,600 jobs in May – but still down 314,000 in pandemic
At the rate jobs have been added so far in 2021, it would take until the end of 2023 to recover pandemic-era losses. But things might speed up going forward.
Salary and pension? Bill lets retired teachers return to work
In anticipation of a teacher shortage, the Senate endorses a bill allowing retired teachers to go back to work for two years while collecting their pension.
Betting on in-state college sports in NJ? Voters likely to decide
Sports betting in New Jersey includes collegiate sports – but not on Jersey-based college teams or NCAA games played in the state.
MVC considering putting kiosks in municipal buildings
Many transactions can be done online, though some people lack access or find that challenging. Eventually, the tech shift could lead to job reductions.