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.
NJ may screen students for depression – but will help follow?
Some education groups and parents ask: What good is a depression screening if schools and the overall mental health system lack the resources to help?
Reopen schools or keep them virtual? Poll finds NJ unsure
FDU finds 46% say schools should reopen with appropriate protective measures, 42% support online learning until a COVID-19 treatment or vaccine is available.
NJ school buildings to reopen in September, with major changes
It seems unrealistic for most schools to have all students in attendance and meet social distancing rules. Hybrid approach with some virtual learning likely.
NJ motor vehicle agencies closed since mid-March ready to reopen
After nearly three months in which its doors were closed, during which some transactions continued, the NJMVC’s reopening date will be announced Friday.
Over 120,000 new claims for jobless benefits filed in NJ — 1.1M total
Nearly $800 million in benefits were paid out in New Jersey last week. New filings include 51,000 from gig workers and 70,000 for traditional benefits.
New Jersey quality of life rated at new high in latest poll
Poll director Patrick Murray says there's a spirit of goodwill toward local communities and neighbors amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
Van Drew revels in Trump’s Wildwood rally, his party-switch prize
“How about having the president right here in South Jersey? What a great day!” said Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the Democrat-turned-Republican congressman.
Murphy to consider making 315,000 more NJ workers eligible for overtime
The Murphy administration will review a suggestion to raise the threshold for guaranteeing workers overtime eligibility.
Mixed grades for NJ on latest cancer policy report card
New Jersey meets American Cancer Society policy recommendations in just three of eight areas evaluated in the group's latest annual report card.
New Jersey’s latest plans to help students afford college
NJ adds two new consumer-protection laws to help college students – one making it easier to understand the costs, another helping those with loans.