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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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NJ Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths in Liberty State Park (Townsquare Media)
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Good news from NJ labor chief, bad news from Fed on employment

It's very rare for good news to come out of a hearing on the New Jersey state budget, but that's what happened Thursday when New Jersey's labor commissioner testified before the Senate Budget Committee.

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Gov. Chris Christie answers a question during a town hall meeting in Moorestown (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Gov. Chris Christie answers a question during a town hall meeting in Moorestown (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Possible Bridgegate indictments stalling Christie’s presidential plans

As others including Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have officially announced they are running for president in 2016, Gov. Chris Christie has yet to make his intentions publicly known.

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Gov. Chris Christie calls on an audience member to ask a question during a town hall meeting at the Hanover Township Community Center,
Gov. Chris Christie calls on an audience member to ask a question during a town hall meeting at the Hanover Township Community Center, (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Bridgegate and Christie’s presidential hopes

All eyes are on the U.S. Attorney's Office after a New York Times article cited sources who said indictments in the Bridgegate scandal could come as early as this week.

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Gov. Chris Christie speaks at a town hall meeting at the Hanover Township Community Center on March 24, 2015, in Whippany, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Will town hall performances be Christie’s presidential comeback?

Once the darling of the Republican Party nationwide, Gov. Chris Christie finds himself trailing badly in early primary state polls in the 2016 presidential election.

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Chris Christie’s presidential prospects and the New Jersey budget

Fully funding transportation projects and the public employees' pension and health benefits system would cost New Jersey billions of dollars and the state simply doesn't have that kind of cash. Raising the revenue would be all but impossible without tax increases and that's where presidential politics come into play with regard to the Fiscal Year 2016 State budget.

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Governor Chris Christie delivers his budget address to the Legislature at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Chris Christie’s budget – NJ Democrats plan to present an alternative

The state legislature's Democratic majority is planning to present an alternative to the spending plan Gov. Chris Christie presented in his budget address in February, a speech which kicked off a series of town hall meetings focused on the state's underfunded pension system for public employees.

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Gov. Chris Christie, with Eric Scott (right), on "Ask the Governor" in February (Kira Buxton, Townsquare Media)
Gov. Chris Christie, with Eric Scott (right), on "Ask the Governor" in February (Kira Buxton, Townsquare Media)
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Christie says NJ’s budget problems are almost solved

Can most of New Jersey's budget woes be solved with a deal to reform the public employee pension and health benefits system? Gov. Chris Christie has said that is the case, but the chair of the state Senate Budget Committee adamantly disagreed during a hearing at which the state treasurer testified.

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Reasons NJ’s recession recovery is moving slowly

It is no secret that New Jersey's recovery from the recession is lagging far behind neighboring states. Democratic legislators have consistently blamed Gov. Chris Christie. At a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday, Christie's treasurer was asked about the topic and laid out several reasons for the Garden State's slow rebound.

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When does transportation funding really become a crisis in NJ?

On the February edition of "Ask the Governor," Gov. Chris Christie said refunding New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund was "not something to rush on or rush through" and added the TTF was "not in crisis at the moment." On Tuesday, state treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff agreed with the governor's assessment.

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