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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.

Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Budget talks in limbo in New Jersey

The deadline for a signed and balanced spending plan for the state is midnight June 30 and it still remains unclear if budget talks will be happening.

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A new bill would make animal cruelty violators pay expenses for the injured pet. (sonyae, ThinkStock)
A new bill would make animal cruelty violators pay expenses for the injured pet. (sonyae, ThinkStock)
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Making animal cruelty violators pay expenses for injured pet

A pair of New Jersey lawmakers is working to ensure that those who abuse someone's pet or their own pet are required to literally pay for their actions.

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New state budget will help the poor, Senate president says

New Jersey's State Budget must be signed and balanced by midnight on June 30. That doesn't leave much time to find ways to fund many initiatives and there is not a lot of money to go around. Despite that, the top lawmaker in the State Senate promised the new spending plan will help New Jersey's poor.

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NEW YORK - JUNE 03: A Verizon logo is displayed on a building June 5, 2008 in New York City.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 03: A Verizon logo is displayed on a building June 5, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NJ small businesses fear Verizon rate hikes, service disruptions

Under a recent settlement approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Verizon can raise rates on residential and business landline phone service. Opposition was staunch and immediate.

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Legislation seeks to reduce drug addiction and overdoses

Health experts, lawmakers and residents agree that New Jersey is in the throes of a heroin epidemic. In an effort to combat the problem, One state lawmaker who is also a practicing physician, is now helping a colleague spearhead an effort to require health insurers to cover pain medications designed to reduce addiction and abuse.

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NJ college affordability panel gets to work

The New Jersey College Affordability Commission is not expected to report its recommendations to Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature until September of 2016, but the panel took testimony Wednesday at the Statehouse and received a variety of ideas to consider in an effort to lower the cost of a college education in New Jersey.

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