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.
FEMA adds four NJ counties to Ida major disaster declaration
Essex, Hudson, Mercer and Union counties were added to the declaration that already included Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset.
All New Jersey counties now covered by CDC mask recommendation
Warren County was the last to be added to the list. Five counties in the state are now rated as having high levels of COVID transmission.
NJ teachers brace for more COVID trauma as pandemic lengthens
Among the inequities aggravated by the pandemic are the differences in school systems.
First COVID vaccines climb in NJ; pace up 42% from a month ago
More than 141,000 state residents got first COVID vaccines between July 20 and Aug. 2, according to CDC data.
Labor shortage about to get worse, as students return to college
The return of college students to campus is an annual rite of passage marking the end of summer – but will add to the current challenge for employers.
To help summer economy, NJ may let teens work 50 hours a week
State lawmakers have an idea for easing the labor crunch: Let 16- and 17-year-olds work overtime this summer.
First county in NJ reaches goal: 70% of adults fully vaccinated
Morris County has reached the 70% goal. Statewide, according to the CDC, 62% of adults are fully vaccinated and 74% have gotten at least one COVID shot.
Sexual assault bill package approved, now on Murphy’s desk
Lawmakers have given their final approval to seven bills seeking to improve how New Jersey handles sexual assault cases.
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.
Why no winner yet? Election count goes on in NJ until Nov. 20
Not all the mail-in votes have been received and counted, and Election Day provisional ballots won't be counted for a week. Results may wait until Nov. 20.