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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.

Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie
Steve Sweeney and Chris Christie (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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NJ Sen Prez Threatens Government Shut down [AUDIO]

This year could see a repeat of 2006 when New Jersey's state government operations shut down because a budget deal wasn't reached by the constitutionally mandated midnight June 30 deadline.

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George Washington Bridge
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Bridgegate’s a Big Deal, Say NJ Voters [AUDIO]

Do you think the Bridgegate scandal is serious, or do you think it's an overblown story fueled by media hype and partisan political hacks? A new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll revealed the overwhelming majority of registered voters in the Garden State think the controversy is a very big deal.

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Governor Chris Christie answers questions about Bridgegate
Governor's Office, Tim Larsen
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Most NJ Residents Doubt Gov’s Bridge Story: Poll [AUDIO]

As more New Jerseyans begin to doubt Gov. Chris Christie's version of when and how he learned of the unannounced George Washington Bridge access lane closures, his poll numbers are plummeting.

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NJ Legislature
New Jersey Legislature (Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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Will Bridgegate Investigative Committee Be Bipartisan? [AUDIO]

On Monday, the full New Jersey Senate and General Assembly voted unanimously to create a single 12-member committee to investigate unannounced George Washington Bridge access lane closures that led to massive traffic jams in Fort Lee in September. That spirit of bipartisanship was nowhere to be found 30 minutes later, when the panel convened its first hearing.

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Governor Christie (played by Bobby Moynihan) interviewed by Piers Morgan (Taran Killam) on Saturday Night Live
Governor Christie (played by Bobby Moynihan) interviewed by Piers Morgan (Taran Killam) on Saturday Night Live (NBC)
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Senate President: Bridgegate Hurting NJ’s Image

It actually seemed like the Garden State's reputation was improving. With the popular, tough-talking Gov. Chris Christie at the helm, New Jersey's days as the laughingstock of the nation appeared to be fading, but that was before Bridgegate.

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Police Car
Flickr User Scott Davidson
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Cameras in NJ Cop Cars Bill To Be Revived [AUDIO]

New police cruisers in New Jersey will not be required to come equipped with video cameras anytime soon, after Gov. Chris Christie failed to take action on the bill that passed both houses of the legislature.

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Paul Fishman
U.S. Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman (Townsquare Media)
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What if U.S. Attorney Takes Over Bridge Probe? [AUDIO]

The full state Senate and Assembly are set to vote on a measure establishing a bipartisan, bicameral, 12-member committee to continue the investigation into the ongoing Bridgegate scandal, but some feel U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman should take over the probe.

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Gov. Chris Christie
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Christie’s Approval Rating Plummets in New Poll [AUDIO]

Gov. Chris Christie's job performance and favorability ratings have dropped dramatically in a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll as the Bridgegate scandal continues to rock the Republican and members of his inner circle.

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Senate President Steve Sweeney
Senate President Steve Sweeney (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Nothing in Bridgegate Would Surprise Me: Sweeney [AUDIO]

The top Democrat in the state legislature has been a close ally to Gov. Chris Christie since the latter took office, helping him usher in a property tax cap as well as public worker pension and health benefits reforms.

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