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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.

Pile of Money
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Bond rating for New Jersey is now the second worst in nation

New Jersey's bond rating is now the second worst in the nation. While many taxpayers may think that doesn't impact them, it does. A weak credit rating will translate into higher interest rates when the state needs to borrow money, and it's the taxpayers who foot the bill.

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Budget Address
Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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State pensions – NJ Treasurer says full funding would be ‘irresponsible’

New Jersey's state treasurer says it would "irresponsible" for Gov. Christie to make the full, legally-required contribution of $3 million to the public employee pension fund, even though a judge has now ruled he should.

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Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie during his budget address on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Trenton (Tim Larsen, Govenor's Office)
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‘Presidential’ Christie? Does his budget hit the right notes for 2016?

Did Gov. Christie Christie strike a presidential tone during Tuesday's state budget address when he unveiled a $33.8 billion budget that called for no new tax increases and a drastic change to the state's pension and health benefits system?

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Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Budget dealing is far from done in New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie has proposed a $33.8 billion State Budget that keeps funding essentially flat for schools, higher education, municipalities and property tax relief programs. But the spending plan will not be adopted as is, because budgets never are.

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Assembly Chambers
Assembly Chambers (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Gas tax debate breaks down along party lines in Trenton

Several Republican lawmakers are on the record saying they will not vote in favor of a gas tax increase if that is the solution for replenishing the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. That's not stopping Democratic leaders from calling for bipartisan support of any plan to add to the TTF.

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Many Americans are still confused about Common Core Standards. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
Many Americans are still confused about Common Core Standards. (monkeybusinessimages, ThinkStock)
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Common Core confusion is evident in new education poll

As students in New Jersey and around the nation get ready to take standardized tests like the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams, a new national survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind released Thursday reveals a lot of Americans have no idea about the Common Core State Standards behind the exams.

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‘Millionaires tax’ – another increase possible in New Jersey?

Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly vetoed bills to increase the income tax paid by New Jersey's millionaires and in his 2015 State of the State Address he promised to do it again if the legislature approved such a tax hike. That was welcome news to the business community, but the top lawmaker in the General Assembly said that it doesn't mean to issue is dead.

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