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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.

The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse
The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Lawmaker seeks dialogue with NJEA on pension reform

Many New Jerseyans want the state to make full payments into the public employees pension system, but the Garden State simply does not have the money, according to a legislator who is working on new pension reforms.

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The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse
The Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Should NJ have another special session on property taxes?

In the summer of 2006, former Gov. Jon Corzine convened a special legislative session to explore ways to lower New Jersey's highest-in-the-national average property tax bill. Months of hearings followed, but in the end most, including many lawmakers involved viewed the session as a bust.

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Gas tax hike top priority for NJ Assembly this fall

While the debate continues to swirl around Trenton on how best to fund the state's Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), talk of using a gas tax hike as a revenue raiser is expected to gain momentum this fall once the Assembly returns from its summer vacation.

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N.J. lawmakers push for ‘Right to Try’ unapproved drugs

A group of lawmakers is hoping to give terminally ill people in New Jersey access to drugs that are in the clinical trial stage, but have not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Currently, there are 24 states that have enacted a "Right to Try" law.

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Battling unemployment insurance fraud in New Jersey

A stunning number of people try to fraudulently obtain unemployment insurance benefits from the State of New Jersey every week. One legislator wants a law to really punish these scammers, while the state's labor commissioner weighs in on his department's successful battle against this type of fraud.

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Could NJ STARS tuition program be expanded?

At Wednesday's hearing of the New Jersey College Affordability Study Commission, a representative from the state Council of County Colleges and several county college presidents put forth ideas including exploring eligibility expansion for NJ STARS, the New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship.

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