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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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American flag needs protection, NJ lawmaker says

New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer is troubled by reports of California college students who, backed by professors, voted to remove the American flag from a campus lobby because they said it was not culturally inclusive. Dancer wants to make sure this does not happen in the Garden State without consequences.

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Why PARCC? New Jersey education commissioner explains

With all of the controversy swirling around the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams, many parents and teachers want to know why New Jersey decided to administer the exams in the first place. There are also many complaints about the Common Core curriculum.

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Is prescription drug addiction on the rise?

A new poll finds nine in 10 New Jersey residents think doctors should be required to tell patients about addiction risks in the drugs they prescribe, thinking along the same lines as a coalition of drug abuse, treatment and prevention experts who believe patients should receive more information regarding those medications.

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Christie, Sweeney relationship getting a bit chilly?

In Gov. Chris Christie's first term, he and state Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) were allies on some controversial issues. But in a recent interview Sweeney said he and Christie were "not on the same page," on transportation funding and he hinted at a bit of a chill.

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Road rage – Should it be covered in driver education courses?

Should New Jersey high schools with driver's education courses be required to include the dangers of road rage in the curriculum? Consider this: 6-in-10 Americans consider aggressive driving to be a "major threat" to themselves and their families.

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Transportation funding – Sweeney says he’s surprised by Christie’s stance

At the tail end of 2014 the hottest topic in Trenton was finding a funding source to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund. Democratic leaders in the Legislature said they were speaking privately with Gov. Chris Christie and hoped to unveil a plan in early January. That didn't happen.

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