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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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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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Gas tax hike talks have not died, according to NJ lawmakers

Negotiations to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), possibly with an increase in the gas tax, have not broken off despite published reports to the contrary, according to leaders in the General Assembly. They said the talks continue, but politics is at play and that could stall a gas tax hike for the time being.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, delivering his budget address in Trenton Feb. 25.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, delivering his budget address in Trenton Feb. 25. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Could pension ruling be a New Jersey budget buster?

Since delivering his State Budget Address in February, Gov. Chris Christie has used his town hall meetings throughout the state as a vehicle to call for more public employees' pension reform. He has repeatedly said that the unfunded liability for pensions and health benefits is almost three times the state budget. Republicans in the Legislature are supporting Christie, but the top Democrat in the NJ Senate is not.

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Child advocate says NJ kids on Christie’s budgetary back burner

The lion's share of the discussions in Trenton these days revolve around replenishing the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund and funding the public employees' pension system. A leading child advocate told the Assembly Budget Committee that kids in the Garden State are largely being forgotten in Gov. Chris Christie's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal.

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Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Another tough budget for New Jersey

According to the Department of the Treasury, revenue collections for Fiscal Year 2015 are just about where Gov. Chris Christie projected they would be, but that does not mean the state is flush with cash.

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A college degree for less than $10,000 in NJ

Imagine getting a four-year degree in New Jersey for only $10,000. A group of state Assembly members are hoping to make that a reality by sponsoring legislation that encourages New Jersey's colleges and universities to offer baccalaureate degree programs that cost no more than $10,000 in tuition and fees.

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