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 pays off its unemployment fund loan … but not for long
With May quarterly payments in the bank, the state was able to temporarily pay down its unemployment borrowing. It won't' be fully solvent until mid-2024.
NJ pension dilemma: Spend billions or wait decades for increases
Cost-of-living adjustments were suspended in 2011 and won't return for many years, even with full contributions. But restoring them now costs $3.6 billion.
Sextortion ‘real … voluminous’ – and maybe soon, a crime in NJ
Sexual extortion would become a specific crime in New Jersey, under a bill endorsed Monday by a Senate committee.
Gas tax holiday to ease high prices not in the plans in NJ
Gov. Phil Murphy supports a federal gas tax holiday. The state's tax of 42.4 cents a gallon is set by a statutory formula and would need a law to change it.
NJ counties, towns opt in for potential $641M opioid settlement
All 21 counties and 241 eligible municipalities agree to the settlement with pharmaceutical companies over their role in deepening the opioid crisis.
More than 480,000 acres off NJ to be leased for wind power
New Jersey and New York plan to work together on a regional cluster for developing a supply chain for America's offshore wind industry.
New Jersey Population is Shrinking, Census Bureau Estimates
New Census Bureau estimates say the population of New Jersey is down nearly 22,000 since the 2020 Census and the nation's growth is lowest in history.
Teachers might get removed from NJ public worker residency rule
With staffing shortages challenging schools, a bill moving in the Senate would remove teachers from a 2011 law requiring public workers to live in the state.
Former NJ trooper who stalked female motorist gets year in prison
After letting the woman go with a warning after a motor vehicle stop, Michael Patterson followed her to make a second unwarranted stop, then followed her home.
Despite Raising Pay, Majority of NJ Businesses Say Hiring Difficult in New Survey
The 63rd annual business outlook survey by the NJBIA finds more businesses plan to expand hiring in 2022 than did in 2021.
For English-language learners, pandemic made bad situation worse
A report built off interviews with English-as-a-second-language teachers finds the pandemic took a particular toll on immigrant students learning English.
Bill would fine NJ stores for calling out-of-state produce local
Only New Jersey-grown items would qualify as local under a bill advancing in the Senate that would levy $100 to $200 fines for out-of-state imposters.