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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 delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Poll: Christie shouldn’t run for prez, would lose if he does

If a presidential primary was held today in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie would win the Republican nod, as would former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Democrats' side. The latest Quinnipiac University poll finds Clinton would then defeat Christie by double digits in a head-to-head matchup.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pauses while speaking in Camden Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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Bridgegate is a ‘traffic nightmare that never ends’ for Christie

A little over one year ago the Bridgegate scandal erupted in full force and a new poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University suggests the scandal is still taking its toll on Gov. Chris Christie.

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Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in 2013
Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in 2013 (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Christie, Democrats at odds over tax cuts and hikes

In his State of the State Address, Gov. Chris Christie called on the Democrat-controlled NJ Legislature to lower taxes while also pledging to veto any income tax increase he gets from lawmakers. Democratic leaders fired back and said the governor has to consider every revenue-raising option to help turn New Jersey's economy around.

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New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald. (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Assembly Majority Leader: NJ, like the US, is beset by anxiety

In his State of the State Address, Gov. Chris Christie said America is a nation beset by anxiety. Following the speech, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Voorhees) didn't disagree with the governor, but he did note that New Jersey residents have their own brand of anxiety and that needed to be addressed.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is greeted as he arrives at the state house to deliver his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J.  During the speech at New Jersey's State House, Christie aimed at national issues as well as those in his state, and he noted lessons learned while traveling the country last year to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidates. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is greeted as he arrives at the state house to deliver his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. During the speech at New Jersey's State House, Christie aimed at national issues as well as those in his state, and he noted lessons learned while traveling the country last year to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidates. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Dems agree Christie can seek presidency and run NJ

Gov. Chris Christie has said that if he decides to run for president in 2016 he will not leave office. A run for the White House would entail a tremendous amount of out-of-state travel, but Christie has insisted he can govern the state from anywhere. This may surprise many, but top Democrats in the New Jersey legislature actually agree with the governor.

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Brittany Maynard’s husband opens up about ‘death with dignity’

On Nov. 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard made international news when she took her own life with the help of a doctor in Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill is legal. For the first time since Maynard's death, her husband is speaking out.

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