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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.

Chris Christie
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
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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(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images News)
(Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images News)
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Can Christie effectively govern New Jersey while campaigning?

New Jersey's top Democrats in the Legislature say they have concerns about whether or not Gov. Chris Christie will be able to effectively govern the state while on the campaign trail, but they concede that only time will tell if their fears will be realized.

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NJ Governor Chris Christie Speaks At A Startup Accelerator In Iowa (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
NJ Governor Chris Christie Speaks At A Startup Accelerator In Iowa (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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Has Chris Christie turned his back on New Jersey?

The majority of New Jersey residents are not happy with the job Chris Christie is doing as governor and an overwhelming number of Garden Staters felt he has abandoned his home state.

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An Atlantic City Electric crew works on replacing utility poles in South Jersey.
An Atlantic City Electric crew works on replacing utility poles in South Jersey. (ACE)
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Christie, power company under fire following major outages

Southern New Jersey is still recovering from a fast-moving storm with brutal winds that ravaged the area on June 23 and left 280,000 people without power. Residents and lawmakers have been extremely critical of Atlantic City Electric and at least one mayor blasted Gov. Chris Christie for a perceived lack of response.

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Chris Christie
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Road to Majority 2015 convention in Washington, Friday, June 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Christie gets mixed results in new presidential poll

The majority of New Jerseyans still don't support Gov. Chris Christie for president.

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Chris Christie
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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Democrats give Christie’s presidential campaign a big gift

Gov. Chris Christie is expected to formally launch his presidential campaign at Livingston High School on Tuesday. His speech will likely boast of his accomplishments, including his recent vetoes of more than 1.6 billion from the 2016 budget approved by the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

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NJ Lawmakers battle over family planning funds (Catherine Yeulet, ThinkStock)
NJ Lawmakers battle over family planning funds (Catherine Yeulet, ThinkStock)
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Lawmakers battle over family planning funds in New Jersey

In 2010, Gov. Chris Christie eliminated $7.45 million as a state budget line item for family planning and other women's health services. Every since then, Democratic lawmakers have added the funding into the state budget only to see Christie veto the money out.

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