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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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(Andy Dean, ThinkStock)
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Bill would dramatically change NJ’s drunk driving law

Under a proposed bill, first-time convicted drunk drivers in New Jersey with a blood alcohol level of .15 or less would be able to drive again after just 10 days of license suspension, but they would be required to install an ignition interlock device.

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Gov. Chris Christie addresses the Bridgegate emails at a Statehouse press conference
Gov. Chris Christie addresses the Bridgegate emails at a Statehouse press conference in January.
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2014: ‘The year of Bridgegate’ in New Jersey

What started as a strong year for Gov. Chris Christie following his landslide re-election quickly hit a roadblock in January when the so-called Bridgegate scandal began.

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A pair of NJ legislators has proposed a bill that would make use of unused food to help feed the state's hungry residents. (monticelllo, ThinkStock)
A pair of NJ legislators has proposed a bill that would make use of unused food to help feed the state's hungry residents. (monticelllo, ThinkStock)
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Making use of wasted food to feed NJ’s hungry

A pair of Garden State lawmakers that has introduced a three-bill package designed to combat hunger by making use of the billions of dollars on food that gets wasted annually in America. 

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NJ minimum wage workers to get 13-cent pay raise

On Jan. 1 roughly 176,000 minimum wage workers in New Jersey will see a modest hourly pay increase based on the rate of inflation. On Monday, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP), a Trenton think tank, released a brief detailing the benefits of the wage hike while the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) countered with the downside.

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Sweeney: Funding for TTF must be dedicated

Closed doors talks involving Gov. Chris Christie, Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-Secaucus) are continuing as the trio tries to strike a deal on a plan to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF). All three agree that revenue raised through a gas tax hike or any other means must be dedicated exclusively for transportation projects.

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Vinnie Prieto
Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Prieto: A lot was accomplished in 2014

It is not uncommon for Gov. Chris Christie to refer to the state Senate and General Assembly as the "do nothing Legislature." It's a description lawmakers don't like and one with which they've never agreed. Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-Secaucus) said 2014, his first year as the leader of the Assembly, was a year marked by major accomplishments.

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Govs Christie And Cuomo Discuss Security Protocols Against Terrorism
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Analyst: Jeb Bush complicates Christie’s 2016 presidential prospects

In mid-December, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced he was exploring a run for the White House - a move some feel would cut into Gov. Chris Christie's moderate Republican base should he decide to run for president in 2016. One veteran political insider said no one should rule Christie out just yet.

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Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto and Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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2014 ending with gas tax talk in Trenton

Without a funding solution the state's Transportation Trust Fund will be bankrupt by this time next year. The most talked about idea for replenishing the fund is increasing the gas tax. Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-Secaucus) and State Sen. President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) sat down in their respective State House offices for separate interviews with Townsquare Media and both talked at length about the possibility of a gas tax hike.

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