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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 speaks at the Politics and Eggs breakfast meeting at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.
Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Politics and Eggs breakfast meeting at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Is finishing second in New Hampshire good enough for Christie?

Gov. Chris Christie trails GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump by 15 percentage points in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, but that’s good enough for second place according to the latest WBUR/MassINC poll.

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NJ lawmaker wants health insurers to cover abuse-deterrent opioids

New Jersey is in the throes of an opioid abuse epidemic said state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Woodbridge). There are abuse-deterrent opioids on the market, but health insurers in the Garden State are not required to cover them. Legislation (S-3036) sponsored by Vitale would change that.

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Bill aims to protect students’ private info online

Technology is a tool being used more and more often in New Jersey’s schools including online Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing. One State lawmaker said everything possible has to be done to make sure students’ personal and private online information is protected.

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WATERLOO, IA - SEPTEMBER 27: Voting booths are set up for early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse on September 27, 2012 in Waterloo, Iowa. Early voting starts today in Iowa where in the 2008 election 36 percent of voters cast an early ballot. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Voting booths are set up for early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse on September 27, 2012 in Waterloo, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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NJ pundits criticize possible ballot question overload

Garden State voters could face four possible ballot questions in next year's November elections, and that might not be a good thing.

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BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image was created with a smartphone.) Red wine imported from Australia are displayed for sale at supermarkets on June 17, 2015 in Beijing, China. China's Minister of Commerce Gao Hucheng today is in Australia to formalise the free trade agreement between Australia and China, In the field of goods, both sides have accounted for 85.4 percent of export trade products will achieve zero tariffs immediately upon entry into force of the Agreement. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Should NJ supermarkets be allowed to sell beer and liquor?

The battle to allow supermarkets in the Garden State to sell liquor and beer has been a long one and it is continues as 2015 comes to a close. Supporters said it would give consumer greater convenience and more options. Opponents said it would drive mom and pop liquor shops out of business.

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World Trade Center on 9/11/01 (Fabina Sbina/ Hugh Zareasky, Getty Images)
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Poll: Plenty believe Muslims celebrated 9/11, plenty distrust media

Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, has stood by his contention that Muslims celebrated in Jersey City when the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001. A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind national poll released Tuesday asked Americans if they believed Trump was right or wrong.

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