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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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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a news conference, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Bridgegate’s impact on Christie’s presidential campaign

Since the so-called Bridgegate "scandal" broke in January 2014, political experts have said people outside of New Jersey simply don't care about it. Now that Gov. Chris Christie is officially a presidential candidate, that could be changing, but in ways different than many might think.

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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, practice test books at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ty Wright, File)
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Common Core is not the problem, assemblyman says

Officials with the New Jersey Department of Education announced Wednesday that committees would be formed to look into changes to the Common Core. On Thursday, the chairman of the Assembly Education Committee criticized the move and said the state was addressing the wrong issue.

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Array of credit cards (Photo by Medioimages/Photodisc, ThinkStock)
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Limiting access to your personal information

Lost between Gov. Christie's presidential campaign and the state budget drama was the passage of a bill designed to put strict limits on the information NJ companies can collect when they scan a driver's license or credit card.

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NJ Common Core changes not expected until Fall 2016

Officials at a state Board of Education meeting made it clear Wednesday that committees would be formed solely to review the Common Core's two education standards, and that New Jersey parents waiting for changes should not expect them before the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

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NJ casino expansion on hold until 2016?

Supporters of a ballot question asking New Jersey voters to amend the constitution to allow casinos outside of Atlantic City are not conceding that it won't happen this year, but they are losing confidence. In order for voters to get the chance in November, a resolution must receive final legislative approval by Aug. 3.

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Report – Abuse found in NJ first responders benefits program

A New Jersey program that allows towns to put taxpayer dollars into tax-deferred investment accounts for the future benefit of active volunteer firefighters and first aid responders is riddled with mismanagement and potential abuse, according to a report released Tuesday by the New Jersey Office of the State Comptroller (OSC).

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in Philadelphia, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Christie has done little to reform pensions, NJ residents say

A new poll out Tuesday reveals the vast majority of New Jerseyans think Gov. Chris Christie should have made a full payment into the public employees' pension system, despite his administration successfully arguing that a law he signed, requiring the complete payment, was unconstitutional.

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Gambling inside Caesar's in Atlantic City (William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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Clock is ticking on NJ’s casino expansion

The deadline is in early August for the New Jersey legislature to approve a resolution asking voters, this November, if they want to amend the constitution to allow casinos outside of Atlantic City. If that doesn't happen, the question could not go on the ballot until 2016.

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