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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.

Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie (Bryan Thomas, Getty Images)
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Chris Christie not the first NJ governor to flirt with presidency

Gov. Chris Christie is the first New Jersey governor since Woodrow Wilson to be seriously considered as a potential presidential candidate, but Garden State chief executives almost always get a little presidential buzz at some point, according to two political experts.

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Drug addict
ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - FEBRUARY 06: Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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Heroin addiction information would be expanded under proposed legislation

Health experts have said drug addiction, particularly heroin addiction, is an epidemic in New Jersey's cities, suburbs and rural areas. To help address the crisis, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) has introduced a bill that would require the state's substance abuse treatment facilities to post information about their services on county and state websites.

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Poll: NJ wants schools held accountable, but not with test scores

The majority of New Jersey residents are happy with their schools, but they also think more accountability is necessary. Standardized tests like the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams are not embraced as the best way to evaluate the performance of either teachers or students according to a new Monmouth University poll released Wednesday.

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How much should the feds know about your child’s school days?

Should the federal government know how many times your child has visited the school nurse or guidance counselor? Schools in New Jersey collect and forward this information but the practice could soon be illegal under legislation moving through Trenton.

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Chris Christie in Iowa
DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 24: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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Chris Christie returns to Iowa as presidential talk continues

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to return to Iowa again today.

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Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Tax trade-off proposed to solve transportation funding problem

The top two Democrats in the State Legislature say reducing taxes on retirees, inheritances and estates in exchange for an unspecified tax increase to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund is part of the ongoing negotiations with Gov. Chris Christie.

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Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he addresses a gathering at Hackensack University Medical Center Wednesday. Christie said that there is no indication that a West African passenger taken to a Newark hospital Tuesday has been infected by the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Gov. Chris Christie listens to a question as he addresses a gathering at Hackensack University Medical Center Wednesday. Christie said that there is no indication that a West African passenger taken to a Newark hospital Tuesday has been infected by the Ebola virus. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Sweeney: Unions shouldn’t trust Christie

After underfunding the state's public employees' pension system, State Senate President Steve Sweeney said public worker unions have no reason to trust Gov. Chris Christie.

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Gas tax hike debate rages on in NJ

Top legislators, policymakers and local officials descended on Trenton Wednesday for the State League of Municipalities 25th Annual Mayors' Legislative Day. There was universal agreement that the nearly-bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) must be replenished, but the debate over where the state will find the money to do that raged on.

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