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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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Death penalty for cop killers: NJ lawmaker

Assemblyman Ron Dancer said Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago's murder might not have been prevented if the death penalty still existed in New Jersey, but the incident has at least renewed that conversation.

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Bill would shield NJ drivers from red light cameras elsewhere

One of New Jersey's most vocal opponents of the red light camera program plans to introduce legislation that would protect Garden State drivers from companies who operate red light or speed enforcement cameras in other states.

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NJ utilities could be charged for slow service

It seems as though storms are getting worse every year in New Jersey and residents and business have been left without power for a week and more in recent years. A Garden State lawmaker has introduced a measure to protect businesses that are forced to shut down during power outages.

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Assemblyman launches NJ ‘Fiscal Sanity Tour’

For more than a decade, New Jersey has been cash-strapped, to say the least. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said it is time for a common sense approach to righting the ship. At a State House press conference Monday, Bramnick announced his summer "Fiscal Sanity" tour.

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Booker seeks to protect NCAA athletes

What does the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation have to do with how student-athletes are treated at colleges and universities in America? The panel has jurisdiction over the National Collegiate Athletic Association. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) is a member of the committee and he is looking to protect our country's student-athletes.

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NJ could lose federal transportation cash

Unless Congress comes up with a solution, the Federal Highway Trust Fund could go broke next month. That means funding to states like New Jersey could be cut off until the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30. The chairman of the New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee warns of dire consequences.

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GOP leader wants probe into Newark school spending

According to recent reports, the Newark school district spent $22,000 a month for 15 months on takeout food and catered meals. The top Republican in the Assembly said he wants the Select Committee on Investigation to brush aside its probe of Bridgegate and investigate the Newark scandal instead. That is not likely to happen.

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Sweeney pushes shared services bill

State Senate President Steve Sweeney has been spearheading legislation to encourage municipalities to share services in areas where it would save taxpayer dollars. His bill has consistently garnered support in the Upper House, but has always stalled in the Assembly.

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Lawmakers push for improvements at NYC bus terminal

New Jersey's Senate president and Senate majority leader have been hearing complaints from commuters about poor conditions at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. The pair attended NJ Transit's monthly board meeting Wednesday to demand that members take action. Evidently the old adage can be true; ask and you shall receive.

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