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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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Christie speaks at a town hall meeting in Fairfield
(David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ) Christie speaks at a town hall meeting in Fairfield
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Fire Union Offended by Christie Comment [AUDIO]

A 2 percent cap on salary increases that arbitrators can award for public employees expired March 31 and Gov. Chris Christie has been using his Town Hall meetings as a vehicle to rail against the Democrat-controlled Assembly for not talking action on a bill to extend the limit.

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Homeless Veterans
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NJ a National Model for Helping Veterans [AUDIO]

Although Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has officially been ruled out as a factor, the recent Fort Hood shooting has raised new questions about the mental health of America's soldiers. Wednesday, the head of the New Jersey National Guard told the Assembly Budget Committee that the Garden State is setting the standard when it comes to helping veterans.

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Bridget Anne Kelly in Court
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Bridgegate Subpoenas Quashed by Judge [POLL/AUDIO]

In a devastating blow for the legislative committee investigating Bridgegate, a judge has ruled that two key players in the scandal do not have to turn over subpoenaed documents. Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), co-chair of the Select Committee on Investigation, said his panel's work will not stop, even with these cases being dismissed.

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George Washington Bridge
George Washington Bridge (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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More Bridgegate Subpoenas? [AUDIO]

The Select Committee on Investigation is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon at the State House in Trenton to discuss the possibility of issuing additional subpoenas related to the ongoing Bridgegate probe.

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NJ Beach Town Devastated By Hurricane Sandy Tears Down Storm-Damaged Homes
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Legislator is Losing Patience with Christie Administration [AUDIO]

The first oversight report from Superstorm Sandy integrity monitors won't be ready for the legislature until July 1, and that's not welcome news for Assembly Budget Committee chairman Gary Schaer. He has grown impatient over the lack of information regarding contractors hired by the Christie administration to do recovery and rebuilding work.

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The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge
The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge (Andrew Burton, Getty Images)
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Bridgegate’s Unanswered Questions [AUDIO]

If a judge forces two key players in Bridgegate to turn over subpoenaed documents, the legislative committee investigating the scandal will get answers to very important and still unanswered questions according to the co-chair of the Select Committee on Investigation.

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Money
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Coalition: NJ Lawmakers Must Consider Tax Hikes [AUDIO]

If New Jersey is going to invest in its most important priorities, the legislature should pass its own budget, and it should include revenue raisers according to Better Choices for New Jersey, a coalition of business groups, environmentalists and labor leaders.

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