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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.

Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie
Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie (Governor's Office, Tim Larsen)
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Pension reform battle brewing in NJ

Funding New Jersey's public employees' pension system could be the first major fight in 2015 and it will likely pit long-time allies against one another. Gov. Chris Christie is calling for new reform, but state Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) has drawn a line in the sand and said he will support further reform.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie relinquishes his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie relinquishes his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association last week. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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Politics, huge issues likely to collide in NJ in 2015

In New Jersey there are huge issues that need to be addressed in 2015, but one veteran pundit said the aspirations of the state's top two politicians will likely dictate what is accomplished and how it is accomplished.

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(Andy Dean, ThinkStock)
(Andy Dean, ThinkStock)
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Bill would dramatically change NJ’s drunk driving law

Under a proposed bill, first-time convicted drunk drivers in New Jersey with a blood alcohol level of .15 or less would be able to drive again after just 10 days of license suspension, but they would be required to install an ignition interlock device.

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Gov. Chris Christie addresses the Bridgegate emails at a Statehouse press conference
Gov. Chris Christie addresses the Bridgegate emails at a Statehouse press conference in January.
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2014: ‘The year of Bridgegate’ in New Jersey

What started as a strong year for Gov. Chris Christie following his landslide re-election quickly hit a roadblock in January when the so-called Bridgegate scandal began.

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A pair of NJ legislators has proposed a bill that would make use of unused food to help feed the state's hungry residents. (monticelllo, ThinkStock)
A pair of NJ legislators has proposed a bill that would make use of unused food to help feed the state's hungry residents. (monticelllo, ThinkStock)
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Making use of wasted food to feed NJ’s hungry

A pair of Garden State lawmakers that has introduced a three-bill package designed to combat hunger by making use of the billions of dollars on food that gets wasted annually in America. 

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Minimum wage
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NJ minimum wage workers to get 13-cent pay raise

On Jan. 1 roughly 176,000 minimum wage workers in New Jersey will see a modest hourly pay increase based on the rate of inflation. On Monday, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a Trenton think tank, released a brief detailing the benefits of the wage hike while the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) countered with the downside.

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Pile of Money
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Sweeney: Funding for TTF must be dedicated

Closed doors talks involving Gov. Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-Secaucus) are continuing as the trio tries to strike a deal on a plan to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). All three agree that revenue raised through a gas tax hike or any other means must be dedicated exclusively for transportation projects.

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