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.
Donations down, demand up: Food banks in the COVID era
Supermarkets usually donate a lot of products but haven't as they try to meet customer demand. That has food banks spending more for oft-scarce supplies.
Hotels push back on bill imposing new cleaning, staffing rules
The lodging industry says it has its own plans centered around keyless entry and no-contact check-ins.
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.
Murphy asks businesses to keep paying workers — help is on the way
Governor says state and federal programs to help virus-shocked businesses are coming but workers dropped from payroll may miss out on expanded sick-leave pay.
‘Don’t Drive Intexticated’ — AAA likens phones in cars to DWI
AAA Mid-Atlantic on Monday kicked off a multi-year campaign designed to make cell phone use by drivers as socially unacceptable as drinking and driving.
Minimum wage rising to $8.85; poll says go further, but not $15
New Jersey’s minimum wage goes up by 25 cents an hour on Jan. 1. Three-fourths of New Jersey adults support increasing it further, says a new FDU poll.
NJ Transit riders, get ready for possible fare hike next summer
Stable funding is one of NJ Transit's big problems, auditors said. Their report suggests alternatives, but Gov. Phil Murphy signaled a fare hike is possible.
New Jersey’s gas tax rises 4.3 cents a gallon Monday
The 22.6-cent increase approved in 2016 allows for yearly increases if collections go down. They were $125 million short last year.
NJ gas tax to increase — again — by 4.3 cents in October
New Jersey's gas tax will increase 4.3 cents a gallon on Oct. 1, the state Treasury Department announced. At 41.4 cents, it will be sixth highest in the nation.