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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.

Lawmakers are looking to create a program for smoking cessation despite a lack of funding. (aquarius83men, ThinkStock)
Lawmakers are looking to create a program for smoking cessation despite a lack of funding. (aquarius83men, ThinkStock)
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Smoking cessation programs would get a boost under proposed bill

In 2003, New Jersey set aside $30 million from its cigarette tax for smoking cessation programs, but then began dialing back the funding until completely eliminating it in the Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget. There is now a plan to get the programs up and running again with even more funding without asking anyone to pay more.

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Gov. Christie at a town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire
Gov. Christie at a town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire (@ChrisChristie via Twitter)
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Trump hurting Christie with New Hampshire voters, poll shows

In the first Monmouth University poll since he launched his presidential campaign, Gov. Chris Christie makes it into the top 10 with GOP primary voters in New Hampshire.

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Gov. Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie leaves a campaign event on June 12, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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What went wrong for Chris Christie in Iowa?

Just 1 percent of likely Iowa GOP primary voters who participated in a July 20 Monmouth University poll said Gov. Chris Christie was their first choice for president. Only 2 percent named him as their second choice. The poll's director said it seemed as though Christie has given up on Iowa.

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Police in riot gear push back on media and a crowd gathering in the street after a 10 p.m. curfew went into effect Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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NJ lawmaker learns from the Baltimore riots

The nation watched as rocks and bricks rained down from rooftops, injuring first responders and damaging their equipment during the recent riots in Baltimore. There was a complete breakdown of law and order, as hoses were slashed so that fires couldn't be put out, and police cars were torched and overturned.

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NJ Governor Chris Christie Speaks At A Startup Accelerator In Iowa (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
NJ Governor Chris Christie Speaks At A Startup Accelerator In Iowa (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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Can Gov. Chris Christie make it to ‘Super Tuesday?’

Gov. Chris Christie isn't polling over 5 percent in the latest surveys from the four early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. One New Jersey political expert said the governor is probably going to have to win one of those states to survive and fight in the 12 "Super Tuesday" states on March 1.

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