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.
Can there be a transportation funding solution while Christie campaigns?
Conventional wisdom in Trenton is that a gas tax increase to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund won't be discussed until after the November elections when all 80 seats in the General Assembly are on the ticket.
Repeated rail delays catch the attention of Obama Administration
The massive NJ Transit delays in late July have gotten the attention of the Obama Administration.
Small business optimism dips for second straight quarter
The latest Wells Fargo Small Business Index revealed small business owners are less optimist than they were in April when they were less optimistic than they were in January.
Gas tax hike sparks new concern in Trenton
As New Jersey lawmakers continue to argue over how best to fund the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), a pool of money used to fix the state's roads and bridges, a new concern has been brought to the table.
Lottery ticket delivery bill on Gov. Christie’s desk
Would you buy more lottery tickets, or start buying them, if you could hire a courier service to pick the tickets up for you and deliver them to your home? Some New Jersey lawmakers are banking on that being a draw for some people.
New Jersey’s veterans helpline saved
To offset federal cuts, Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature agreed to add money to the State budget to provide funding for the "Vets4Warriors" program and for other veterans' services, including health care.
Transportation underfunding is nothing new, assemblyman says
New Jersey's Transportation Trust Fund will go bankrupt at the end of this fiscal year at midnight June 30, 2016 unless a new, sustainable, recurring revenue source is identified.
Christie, Cuomo urged to seal deal on new Hudson rail tunnel
On the heels of several days of delays that snarled mass transit in New York and New Jersey last month, a Garden State lawmaker is urging the governors of both states to move quickly on a deal to construct a trans-Hudson rail tunnel to alleviate some commuter congestion.
Did Bridgegate cause bi-partisan gridlock in Trenton?
While the state's GOP leader blames the Bridgegate scandal for the "political gridlock" in Trenton, New Jersey's top Democrat believes bipartisanship suffered a breakdown due to Gov. Chris Christie's actions regarding the public workers pension fund.
When will lawmakers discuss transportation funding?
Top lawmakers within the New Jersey Assembly are confident the Legislature can find a solution to to replenish the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund, but Republicans and Democrats are divided as to when discussions will begin.