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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.

Undocumented Immigrants could have NJ drivers licenses
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Bill would boost penalties for unlicensed drivers

Currently in New Jersey the penalties for getting caught while driving without a license for those who have never had driving privileges are more lenient than the penalties for someone cited for driving with a suspended license. Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R-Brick) doesn't believe such penalties make sense, so he's co-sponsoring a bill (A-3740) to address it.

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Bill would create unborn child homicide law in NJ

Twelve years ago this December, Laci Peterson was murdered in the eighth month of her pregnancy. Her husband Scott Peterson was convicted of first degree murder in her death and second degree murder in the death of her unborn child, Conner. The brutal murder not only made international news, it also spurred outrage that Scott Peterson was not charged with homicide in the murder of his unborn son. Since that time the majority of states have changed their laws, but New Jersey has not.

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Gov. Chris Christie
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Christie’s Canada trip, presidential politics converge

Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to travel to Canada in early December. According to a release sent out by his office Monday, the official purpose of the trip is to bolster economic and business ties with our neighbor to the north. Those convinced that the governor is planning a 2016 presidential run also suspect Christie may have an ulterior motive for the trade mission.

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NJ in the minority of states not offering a child care tax credit

Having a state child care tax credit that New Jersey parents could claim on their tax returns would help lift many families out of poverty, according to one child advocate. But right now, the Garden State is one of a handful of states that don't offer the option.

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Brian Vincent poses in front of a large display of tobacco products at Vincent's Country Store in Westminster, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Local officials are contemplating what could be a first: a blanket ban on all forms of tobacco and e-cigarettes, leaving some shop owners fuming. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Brian Vincent poses in front of a large display of tobacco products at Vincent's Country Store in Westminster, Mass., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. Local officials are contemplating what could be a first: a blanket ban on all forms of tobacco and e-cigarettes, leaving some shop owners fuming. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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NJ seeks chewing tobacco ban in schools

New Jersey lawmakers have long worked to limit where, when and which people can smoke, but another very harmful product has been overlooked.

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Dr. Philip Nitschke Gives A Workshop On Assisted Suicide
Voluntary euthanasia campaigner Dr. Philip Nitschke poses for a photograph following a workshop on assisted suicide in 2009. (Matt Cardy, Getty Images)
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Assembly passes assisted suicide bill

On Thursday, the full New Jersey Assembly passed a controversial bill that would give certain terminally ill patients, with a short time to live, the option of legally taking their own lives with the help of a doctor.

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