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Kevin McArdle

Kevin McArdle has been the State House Correspondent since 2002. He's covered the resignation of former Governor Jim McGreevey, the Governor Dick Codey Administration, the Jon Corzine/Doug Forrester 2005 gubernatorial campaign, the State government shutdown of 2006, the near fatal car crash of former Governor Jon Corzine, the 2009 Jon Corzine/Chris Christie gubernatorial campaign and the Christie Administration to date including acting as pool reporter for Governor Christie has he toured the state (via helicopter and motorcade) in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. McArdle has won multiple Associated Press awards for spot reporting and received the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2008 for coverage of then-Governor Jon Corzine's 800% toll increase proposal.

Gov. Chris Christie
DAVENPORT, IA - JULY 24: Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests gathered for a campaign event at Jersey Grille on July 24, 2015 in Davenport, Iowa. A recent poll had Christie trailing most of his Republican rivals in Iowa. Christie is hoping to gain support in the state with several campaign stops scheduled over this weekend. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Can Christie’s presidential run ever gain momentum?

Gov. Chris Christie has been tirelessly campaigning in New Hampshire and he's a frequent flier to Iowa, but he is gaining no traction with the voters in either state. Polls and national surveys also show him floundering near 10th in the crowded field of GOP presidential candidates.

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The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse
The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Lawmaker seeks dialogue with NJEA on pension reform

Many New Jerseyans want the state to make full payments into the public employees pension system, but the Garden State simply does not have the money, according to a legislator who is working on new pension reforms.

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A proposed NJ law would offer more protection for pets. (Jupiterimages, ThinkStock)
A proposed NJ law would offer more protection for pets. (Jupiterimages, ThinkStock)
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Protecting pets is a must, says NJ senator

Anyone who leaves a pet outside unattended in extreme weather conditions could be found guilty of animal cruelty and could face stiff fines and possible jail time under State Sen. Jeff Van Drew's plan.

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A truck passes by the Exxon Mobil refinery.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A truck passes by the Exxon Mobil refinery. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Judge approves ExxonMobil settlement; quick appeal promised

For more than a decade, New Jersey sought $8.9 billion in contamination lawsuit against ExxonMobil Corp. but settled for $225 million in March. Tuesday, a New Jersey judge approved the settlement, but an influential Democratic lawmaker who has spearheaded critics blasting the deal said the legal fight was not over.

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The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse
The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Should NJ have another special session on property taxes?

In the summer of 2006, former Gov. Jon Corzine convened a special legislative session to explore ways to lower New Jersey's highest-in-the-national average property tax bill. Months of hearings followed, but in the end most, including many lawmakers involved viewed the session as a bust.

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Gas tax hike top priority for NJ Assembly this fall

While the debate continues to swirl around Trenton on how best to fund the state's Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), talk of using a gas tax hike as a revenue raiser is expected to gain momentum this fall once the Assembly returns from its summer vacation.

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