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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.

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21 bills targeting drug abuse unveiled by NJ lawmakers

After more than a year of behind-the-scenes work, State Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Woodbrige) is scheduled to unveil a 21-bill package Wednesday aimed at addressing New Jersey's growing heroin and prescription drug abuse problem.

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Lawmaker: Sending Shaneen Allen to prison would be a ‘mistake’

Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen is a single mother of two with no criminal record, but she is facing a mandatory three-year prison term because last year she was caught with a gun in New Jersey that she's legally allowed to possess in Pennsylvania. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick doesn't think Allen should go to jail as a result of the violation.

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Coalition formed to address Transportation Trust Fund

A coalition made up of business, transportation, labor and consumer advocates has been created to address the soon-to-be bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), which provides money for various road and bridge projects throughout the state.

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Do red light cameras have a future in NJ?

New Jersey's controversial red light camera pilot program is scheduled to expire in December, and while some legislators are eagerly anticipating the end of the program, other lawmakers are unsure about the future of red light cameras in the Garden State.

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NJ Assembly approves domestic abuse bills

The New Jersey Assembly unanimously approved six bills on Monday designed to address the issue of domestic violence and abuse. The sponsors of the measures all said the legislation was drafted long before the high-profile cases involving NFL star running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson came to light.

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Bill could withold payment to tax delinquent vendors

Legislation approved Thursday by the Assembly Labor Committee would send a simple message to vendors the State of New Jersey has under contract: if you don't pay your taxes we're not paying you for services rendered.

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