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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.

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Bill would establish drug prevention program for students

For some kids the transition from middle school to high school is very stressful and unfortunately, many start abusing drugs and alcohol when they get to high school. Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) is sponsoring a bill (A-413) to establish a statewide substance abuse prevention grant program for eighth-graders.

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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
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Politics at play in NJ’s latest pension reform push

In 2011, State Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) partnered with Gov. Chris Christie to usher through historic reforms to the public workers' pension and health benefits system. The political landscape in New Jersey has changed dramatically over the last three years. The governor is calling for more reforms, but Sweeney won't be in Christie's corner this time.

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People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
People wait in line to meet with recruiters during a job fair in Philadelphia. The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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America’s long-term unemployed still struggling

Despite a rebounding national economy, long-term jobless Americans are still dealing with tough times. That is the major takeaway from a new national survey conducted by the Heldrich Center at Rutgers University.

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Hearings to address NJ’s transportation trust fund

On Sept. 24, the New Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee will kick off the first in a series of public hearings to explore ways to replenish the state's Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), which provides money for road and bridge projects throughout the state.

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