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.
Electric bills to rise as NJ approves nuclear plant subsidies
The BPU approved a subsidy sought by PSEG for its Salem County nuclear plants, which is likely to raise electric bills for New Jersey homes around $40 a year.
NJ looks to extend time limits on sexual abuse lawsuits
By the end of March, the Legislature is likely to pass a bill significantly extending the statute of limitations for sex-abuse civil lawsuits in New Jersey.
First Impact of NJ Minimum Wage Hike Is Local Government Workers
If the hike in the minimum wage is going to affect property taxes, one of the first places it could show up is in the school budgets approved this spring.
Could $15 minimum wage in NJ lead to higher property taxes?
A plan to boost New Jersey’s minimum wage by nearly 70 percent over the next five years cleared its first hurdle by a party-line vote Thursday.
NJEA members rally to reduce their share of health care costs
Hundreds of NJEA members delivered petitions with more than 116,000 signatures asking lawmakers to reduce what they pay for health insurance.
Deal reached on gradually raising NJ minimum wage to $15
New Jersey's elected leaders reached agreement on a $15 minimum wage – by 2024 for most, 2026 for seasonal and small-biz workers and 2027 for farm workers.
NJ plans for the PARCC: Fix the law or scrap the grad exam?
The court ruling that struck down the way New Jersey uses PARCC exams as a graduation requirement won’t mean the end of standardized tests in the state.
$100M in taxpayer funds to New Jersey horse tracks? You bet
State lawmakers are moving to provide $100 million in state funding to horse racing tracks to increase the purses paid to race winners.
Murphy in 2019: Marijuana, minimum wage … and more taxes?
Gov. Phil Murphy says his agenda for 2019 starts with the things that didn’t get done in 2018 – and that could include another dose of 'tax fairness.'
NJ looks to overhaul DWI law: Emphasize ignition locks, cut suspensions
Drunk-driving penalties for first-time offenders would be revamped if a bill endorsed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee makes it into law.
NJ Transit trying to recruit more engineers to get trains on time
State is adding training classes, easing residency rules for NJ Transit and developing a new educational program aimed at high-school and college students.
Dead retirees cost NJ pension funds $650 million a year
Survivor benefits account for $650 million a year in pension payments in New Jersey. They're required and not controversial – and sometimes last for decades.