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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.

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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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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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney and Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg propose changes to the state budget. (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney and Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg propose changes to the state budget. (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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NJ Senate leaders propose millionaire’s tax hike [POLL/AUDIO]

Not pleased with Gov. Chris Christie’s spending plan, the top two Democrats in the State Senate presented an alternative state budget Wednesday, which includes a tax increase for New Jersey’s wealthiest residents - something the governor has said he would not accept.

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Job Fair Held For Veterans At New York's Lexington Avenue Armory
Job Fair Held For Veterans At New York's Lexington Avenue Armory (Andrew Burton, Getty Images)
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Poll: Veterans Struggling to Find Jobs in NJ [AUDIO]

A new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Wednesday reveals that many New Jerseyans recognize the struggles military veterans are having finding a job.

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NJ Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto
NJ Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Lawmaker: NJ Budget a ‘Work in Progress’ [AUDIO]

The top lawmaker in the General Assembly said lawmakers are not waiting for a court to rule in a lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Chris Christie from dramatically slashing the state's contribution to the public employee pension system.

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Gov. Christie, interviewed by Eric Scott, on 'Ask the Governor' Monday night. (Photo by Kira Buxton)
Gov. Christie, interviewed by Eric Scott, on 'Ask the Governor' Monday night. (Photo by Kira Buxton)
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Christie Says the State Will Not ‘Close Down’ [POLL]

A New Jersey court will hear arguments June 25 in a lawsuit seeking to stop Gov. Chris Christie from slashing the current fiscal year's pension payment from a projected $1.6 billion to pay $696 million, knocking this year's budget out of balance. Christie said Monday night that a negative ruling by the court will not result in a government shutdown.

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