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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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Special interest groups on pace to spend record amount on NJ Assembly races

In 2011, special interest groups spent $1.8 million during the entire legislative elections in the Garden State. A new report released Tuesday by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission revealed independent groups have already spent more than triple that amount ($6.3 million) on this year’s Assembly-only races.

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Can Christie use Democratic debate to his advantage?

The first Democratic presidential debate will take plac Tuesday night. On the Republican side, Gov. Chris Christie could try to use the debate to bolster his still struggling presidential campaign. Political experts said it would be tough, but not impossible for Christie to make a little political hay.

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GREENVILLE, SC - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to voters at the Heritage Action Presidential Candidate Forum September 18, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. Ten republican candidates were each given 25 minutes to talk to the crowd at the Bons Secours Wellness Arena in the upstate of South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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Christie still hasn’t connected with voters: Here’s what he’s trying next

If there is a big issue that really resonates with voters the polls suggest that Gov. Chris Christie’s hasn’t found it yet.

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A proposed bill would give counties the option of having a hotel tax. (shunjian123, ThinkStock)
A proposed bill would give counties the option of having a hotel tax. (shunjian123, ThinkStock)
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Should NJ hotel taxes go higher?

The idea of giving counties the option of increasing their hotel was one of the ideas presented in a bipartisan, multi-bill package proposed by lawmakers to help counties ease the burden on taxpayers.

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NJ cops should be protected under hate crime law, assemblyman says

In New Jersey it is a bias intimidation crime when one person threatens another based on race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity. Police officers are not currently protected under the statute, but one Garden State lawmaker said they should be.

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