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.
With $6.4B in COVID aid coming, here come the spending ideas
Unauthorized immigrants, small businesses, housing programs and schools among the topics addressed at the Legislature's first fiscal 2022 budget hearing.
COVID-19 drives NJ’s death rate to highest level in 75 years
Not since the end of World War II has New Jersey's death rate been as high as in 2020, a year when more than 1% of residents died for first time since 1953.
NJ could let parents decide if kids repeat grade due to pandemic
Parents would have until June 1 to decide their school-age children are going to repeat their current grade, under a bill advanced Tuesday by a Senate panel.
NJ may require all teachers get training on remote learning
Assembly panel advances bills requiring training on remote learning for teaching candidates and professional development for current teachers.
NJ law would alert victims when seized guns are returned
People who petition for extreme risk protection orders or are victims of domestic violence would have to be given a heads-up before seized weapons are returned.
NJ considers allowing COVID vaccines at dentists, eye doctors
Lawmakers look to expand access points to the COVID-19 vaccine. Skeptics worry about doses being wasted at individual offices as opposed to mega-sites.
Plan advances to boost indoor capacity of NJ restaurants
An Assembly committee Wednesday endorsed a six-bill package aimed at helping restaurants and other small businesses.
With lots of changes, anti-bullying bill advances in NJ
"Mallory's Law," the bill's now-unofficial name, would increase the potential fines levied on families that blow off required anti-bullying classes.
Shortage may prompt NJ to accept out-of-state teacher licenses
The pandemic has made a growing problem even worse: A shortage of candidates for teaching positions. Making it easier to recruit from out of state may help.
From K-12 to college, concern about pandemic’s mental health toll
Nine bills advance through Assembly committees aimed at preparing for what one lawmaker calls New Jersey's next crisis.
Packing peanuts: The next thing NJ might ban
Fresh off the enactment of a ban on single-use plastic and paper bags, lawmakers seek to increase the recycled content in plastics such as drink bottles.
Big wineries delivering in NJ? Legislature mulls the idea
Bills are being considered that would allow large wineries to directly ship to consumers and for permits for wine consultants who oversee private tastings.