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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.

NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
State Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Sweeney: Sandy oversight report was ‘not acceptable’

State Senate President Steve Sweeney was joined at a press conference Monday by housing advocates to criticize the Christie administration for the lack of details in the recently-released Superstorm Sandy integrity monitor reports.

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New Jersey Legislature's Select Committee On Investigation Holds Hearing In Fort Lee Traffic Scandal
New Jersey Legislature's Select Committee on Investigation holds hearing Ii Fort Lee traffic scandal (Kena Betancur, Getty Images)
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Wisniewski: Bridgegate panel’s work ‘enormously successful’

The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation probing the unannounced lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last September has no future hearings scheduled because they don't want to interfere with a federal criminal probe by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Taking a look back at the SCI's work, the panel's co-chair is positive.

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Government Coalition Debates Minimum Wage
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Study: Minimum wage hikes don’t kill jobs

A new study by the Center for Economic and Research Policy shows that job growth in states that have increased their minimum wage this year is far more robust when compared to states that did not hike the minimum wage.

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Regina Egea, left, answers a question as she appears before the legislative panel investigating Bridgegate
Regina Egea, left, answers a question as she appears before the legislative panel investigating Bridgegate (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Text, traffic study dominate latest Bridgegate hearing

The revelation of a deleted text to Gov. Chris Christie at the height of the so-called Bridgegate scandal and the fact that the governor's Authorities Unit director still believes lanes were closed at the George Washington Bridge for a traffic study were the key takeaways from Thursday's hearing convened by the Select Committee on Investigation.

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Jersey City Police cruiser outside Sunday's shooting at Walgreen's
Jersey City Police cruiser outside Sunday's shooting at Walgreen's (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Lawmakers react after street gang threatens police

In response to the killing by police of a man who allegedly murdered a Jersey City cop early this week, the United Blood Nation street gang is reportedly threatening to target police officers in that city and other areas of the Garden State. The threats and the problem of gang violence have certainly gotten the attention of lawmakers in Trenton.

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Death penalty for cop killers: NJ lawmaker

Assemblyman Ron Dancer said Jersey City police officer Melvin Santiago's murder might not have been prevented if the death penalty still existed in New Jersey, but the incident has at least renewed that conversation.

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Bill would shield NJ drivers from red light cameras elsewhere

One of New Jersey's most vocal opponents of the red light camera program plans to introduce legislation that would protect Garden State drivers from companies who operate red light or speed enforcement cameras in other states.

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Utility Crew
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NJ utilities could be charged for slow service

It seems as though storms are getting worse every year in New Jersey and residents and business have been left without power for a week and more in recent years. A Garden State lawmaker has introduced a measure to protect businesses that are forced to shut down during power outages.

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Assemblyman launches NJ ‘Fiscal Sanity Tour’

For more than a decade, New Jersey has been cash-strapped, to say the least. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said it is time for a common sense approach to righting the ship. At a State House press conference Monday, Bramnick announced his summer "Fiscal Sanity" tour.

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