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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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(Toniann Antonelli, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Do NJ’s Tipped Workers Need a Raise? [AUDIO]

New Jersey's minimum wage for tipped employees has remained unchanged for more than two decades, at $2.13 an hour. A group of Garden State lawmakers wants to give these workers a raise, but they're meeting with resistance.

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Asm. John Wisniewski addresses the media after a Bridgegate hearing in Trenton Jan. 9, 2014. (Townsquare Media)
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Bridgegate Panel Still Working Behind The Scenes [AUDIO]

We haven't heard much recently from the Select Committee on Investigation, the legislative panel probing Bridgegate. That doesn't mean committee members have stopped looking into the scandal; in fact, quite the opposite, according to one of the committee's co-chairs.

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Gov. Chris Christie addresses the Bridgegate emails at a Statehouse press conference
Gov. Chris Christie addresses the Bridgegate emails at a Statehouse press conference in January.
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Dems Scoff at Christie Bridgegate Probe Report [AUDIO]

The New York Times is reporting the Christie Administration's internal investigation into Bridgegate has concluded the governor did nothing wrong, a determination immediately challenged by Democratic critics.

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Should NJ Legalize Pot? [POLL/AUDIO]

Licensed facilities would be allowed to grow and sell small amounts of marijuana in New Jersey, and residents 21 and older would be allowed to possess and grow a little bit of the drug, under a newly introduced bill sponsored by state Sen. Nick Scutari.

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Have Ideas on Cutting Taxes in NJ?
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Schaer: Christie Might be Open to New Taxes [AUDIO]

In his $34.4 billion budget proposal for the 2015 fiscal year, Gov. Chris Christie wants to tax electronic cigarettes at the same rate as traditional cigarettes. That tax hike proposal has one Democratic asking if that means the governor is open to other revenue raising taxes.

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NJ Missing Chance to Rake in Cash as NCAA Kicks Off [AUDIO]

The NCAA men's college basketball championship tournament tips off in earnest today so let the betting begin. Billions of dollars will be wagered before a champ is crowned, but New Jersey won't see any financial benefits, since sports betting is still illegal in the Garden State as a court battle to legalize it continues.

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