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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.

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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Obamacare open enrollment begins Nov. 15

The next open enrollment period to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, begins Nov. 15. It runs through Feb. 1, 2015. Free help is available in choosing the right plan and getting coverage is important because those who don't have health care by the time the enrollment period closes will be fined.

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NJ lawmaker wants to change teachers’ convention dates

Most New Jersey schools were closed last Thursday and Friday for the New Jersey Education Association's annual teachers' convention. Assemblywoman Donna Simon said the convention should be moved to when school is already out, and she is in the process of drafting legislation to change the dates.

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A different approach to tackling poverty in NJ

New Jersey's approach to tackling poverty has long been to focus separately on children and adults. A new KIDS COUNT policy report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation titled, "Creating Opportunities for Families: A Two-Generation Approach" details how the public, private and non-profit sectors should work together to reduce poverty among the 10 million low-income families with young children in America.

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Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie (Bryan Thomas, Getty Images)
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Christie: Facing Jeb Bush in GOP primary would be ‘stressful’

Former President George W. Bush told CBS' Face the Nation that it's a toss-up as to whether his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will run for president in 2016. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is also mulling a run at the White House and has close ties with the Bush family.

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