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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.

Governor Chris Christie gives the Budget Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie gives the Budget Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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NJ Faces a $526 Million Revenue Shortfall

New Jersey revenues are projected to fall $526 million behind Gov. Chris Christie's projections for the coming fiscal year, a top budget analyst for the non-partisan Office of Legislative Services told the State Senate Budget Committee Tuesday.

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NJ is Taxing the Dead [AUDIO]

The transfer inheritance tax, one of New Jersey's oldest taxes, dates back to 1892. This 16 percent levy is applied when property is transferred outside a deceased resident's immediate family. Another so-called "death tax," the estate tax, is applied on property valued at more than $675,000.

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NJ Gov Christie Holds News Conference At Statehouse
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Bridgegate Overshadows NJ’s Budget [AUDIO]

If it is approved as proposed, Gov. Chris Christie's Fiscal Year 2015 state budget would be the biggest spending plan in New Jersey history, yet the $34.5 billion proposal is not the focus at the State House.

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(Catherine Yeulet, ThinkStock)
(Catherine Yeulet, ThinkStock)
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Kindergarten Is Not Mandatory in NJ [POLL/AUDIO]

Like a lot of people, Assemblyman Charles Mainor had no idea that kids in the Garden State do not have to go to kindergarten. Mainor and a trio of other Assembly members have introduced a bill to force children to go to kindergarten and to lower the age at which they have to start attending school.

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On-ramps to the George Washington Bridge
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Samson Out, Christie Endorses PA Overhaul

Gov. Chris Christie surprised a Friday afternoon press conference by announcing the resignation of David Samson as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and endorsing recommendations for structural changes in the PA.

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State Senator Loretta Weinberg
State Senator Loretta Weinberg (D) (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media)
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NJ Dems React to Bridgegate Report [AUDIO]

The attorney leading the Christie administration's internal investigation into Bridgegate has formally released a report claiming Gov. Chris Christie did nothing wrong. However, the Democratic co-chairs of the Select Committee on Investigation, the legislative panel probing the scandal, are not at all convinced.

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NJ Beach Town Devastated By Hurricane Sandy Tears Down Storm-Damaged Homes
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Sandy Aid Equity Bill on Christie’s Desk [AUDIO]

The way New Jersey doles out the second round of federal Sandy relief aid would be more equitable and more transparent, according to the sponsors of a bill that has passed the full legislature and now awaits action from Gov. Chris Christie.

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Christie’s Budget Lacks Cancer Research Funding [AUDIO]

According to a Princeton University researcher, each of Gov. Chris Christie's spending plans since he took office has failed to include $1 million in funding for the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research, and if the Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal is signed as is, NJCCR will not see funding next year either.

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