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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 addresses budget shortfalls in Trenton.  (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie addresses budget shortfalls in Trenton. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Judge hearing arguments in NJ pension case [AUDIO]

A judge is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit seeking to prevent Gov. Chris Christie from slashing this fiscal year's payment into the public employees' pension fund.

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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
State Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ Dems agree on millionaire’s tax [AUDIO]

To meet the state's obligations like fully funding the pension system, the two have agreed to propose a tax increase that would impact only the New Jersey residents earning $1 million a year or more.

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Assembly Chamber at the Statehouse
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Assembly GOP blasts Dems’ budget plan [AUDIO]

With Democrats in the state Assembly and Senate recently unveiling alternative budget proposals, both of which hike taxes on New Jersey's wealthiest residents, Assembly Republicans held a State House press conference Monday to blast those plans.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ Dems fail on Sandy bill override [AUDIO]

As with every previous attempt, state Senate Democrats were unsuccessful Monday in trying to override one of Gov. Chris Christie's vetoes. Their latest effort attempted to reverse Christie's conditional veto of the "Superstorm Sandy Bill of Rights."

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CWA protest on June 12
CWA protest on June 12 (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Sweeny hopes Christie loses pension lawsuit [AUDIO]

Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) said he hopes public employee labor unions are successful in their lawsuit to stop Gov. Chris Christie from slashing the state's pension payment in the current fiscal year. The case is set to be heard on June 25.

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NJ Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto
NJ Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Assembly Dems propose millionaire’s tax [AUDIO]

Assembly Democrats unveiled an alternative budget on Thursday one day after Senate Democrats released theirs. While the two plans differ slightly, there is one common element: they both call for hiking taxes on the wealthy in New Jersey.

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sports betting
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Lawmaker: sports betting coming to NJ no matter what

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide by June 23 if it will hear New Jersey’s case asking for the federal ban on sports betting to be lifted in the Garden State. A top ranking lawmaker who has been spearheading the state’s efforts to legalize sports gaming said regardless of the high court’s decision, New Jersey will be legally taking sports bets by the NFL’s opening weekend.

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