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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.

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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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (L) is sworn in by Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court Stuart Rabner for his second term
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (L) is sworn in by Chief Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court Stuart Rabner for his second term (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Scandal-Scarred Christie Sworn in for Second Term [VIDEO/AUDIO]

Gov. Chris Christie is still being dogged by the Hoboken and George Washington Bridge scandals, but most people wouldn't have known that by listening to his inaugural address on Tuesday.

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Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno
Governor's Office, Tim Larsen
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Guadagno: Zimmer’s Claims ‘Completely False’ [AUDIO]

Over the weekend, Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer added to the scandal circus swirling around Gov. Chris Christie and his administration by claiming Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno threatened to withhold Sandy relief funds unless the mayor approved a development project.

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Dogs at Park
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Should NJ Seize Pets from Animal Cruelty Offenders? [AUDIO]

Two summers ago we learned of a heartbreaking story involving Moose, a chocolate Labrador retriever from Delran who died in a hot car after allegedly being kidnapped. On Thursday, a state Senate committee is scheduled to vote on a bill that honors Moose, and cracks down on animal cruelty offenders by making it illegal for them to ever own a pet.

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Asm. Lou Greenwald, Asm. Declan O'Scanlon
Assemblyman Lou Greenwald (D) and Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon (R) on a property tax panel at Monmouth University (Townsquare Media)
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NJ Shared Services Bill Could Die Monday [AUDIO]

Any bill that doesn't pass both houses of the New Jersey Legislature by this coming Monday will die and have to be reintroduced when the new legislature takes over Tuesday. One such bill that appears to be in jeopardy is a measure that would force towns to share services where it makes sense, or risk losing state aid equal to the amount that would have been saved.

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Gov. Chris Christie
Gov. Chris Christie (Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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Chris Christie and the Politics of a Tax Cut [AUDIO]

By and large, New Jersey Democrats have worked well with Gov. Chris Christie since he took office, but many insiders believe they'll be less likely to play ball with the governor in his second term. One pundit says even if Democrats decide not to bend to Christie's will, it might not hurt the governor's presidential aspirations very much.

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Internet Gambling
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NJ’s Internet Gaming Law Could be Copied [AUDIO]

It has often been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but that's not always a good thing. New Jersey's new Internet gaming business is off to a good start, but neighboring states could soon turn copycat and take away revenue.

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