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.
NJ Democrats, Republicans battle over redistricting plan
New Jersey Democrats want to change the makeup of the commission that decides how the state’s legislative map is drawn every 10 years after the U.S. Census figures are released. Democrats said they want the panel to better reflect the state’s diversity and changing demographics.
Keeping kids in NJ schools until they graduate
Keeping New Jersey kids in high school until they graduate is the goal for two Democratic state senators.
Legalizing pot in Atlantic City? One NJ lawmaker says yes
One New Jersey lawmaker thinks legalizing marijuana in Atlantic City could help spur an economic upswing at a time when the city continues to struggle by job and revenue loses from the closures of four casinos in 2014.
Should all gas tax money be spent on transportation? Guarantee inches forward
The measure that advanced Thursday isn't a gas tax increase — but would promise that if one comes, it goes toward NJ's transportation infrastructure.
Christie’s gun control veto stands, as Assembly Dems’ override falls flat
But Republicans say they have an even stronger bill that gives Democrats everything they want.
Do people believe there’s a war on Christmas?
36 percent of Democrats said politicians were trying to take ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, but 64 percent of Republicans felt that way.
Should NJ companies have to provide sick leave for employees?
Group says the measure will hurt small businesses — many of which already offer paid sick leave.
NJ business groups: Don’t write pension payments into NJ constitution
“Why does anyone think this is not an obligation? That’s what aggravates the hell out of me,” Senate President Steve Sweeney said. “It’s a real bill. It doesn’t go away and I’m tired of people acting like it’s not our responsibility.”
Christie offers blunt talk, anti-terror bona fides in return to main GOP debate
Tuesday night in Las Vegas, in the first Republican presidential debate since the mass shootings in San Bernardino and Paris and on the day every school in Los Angeles was closed after an emailed terror threat, Gov. Chris Christie worked to burnish his anti-terror bona fides.
Survey: NJ’s a nice place to live … but I wouldn’t want to work (or retire) there
If you think high taxes are a problem, you're in good company. People are getting pessimistic about life in the Garden State.