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.
Lawmakers battle over family planning funds in New Jersey
In 2010, Gov. Chris Christie eliminated $7.45 million as a state budget line item for family planning and other women's health services. Every since then, Democratic lawmakers have added the funding into the state budget only to see Christie veto the money out.
Gov. Christie’s worst poll numbers hit new low
If Gov. Chris Christie is planning to run for president as many political pundits expect, he is not likely to boast about poll numbers released Tuesday morning.
Lawmakers set to decide in four days how to spend $33 billion
With less than two weeks to go before lawmakers must meet a constitutional deadline for a signed and balanced state budget, New Jersey's budget process is about to kick into high gear.
Millionaire’s tax hike – Take five
A millionaire's tax increase is likely to be included in the budget proposal expected to be introduced on Monday by Democratic leaders in the New Jersey Legislature.
Democrats to unveil ‘alternative’ spending plan for NJ
Gov. Chris Christie's budget plan is going to have some competition. Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto (D-Secaucus) said the goal is for the Democrat-controlled NJ Legislature to unveil an alternative spending plan Monday and possibly pass it and send it to Christie on June 25.
Criminals could help fund NJ school safety upgrades
As the old adage goes, "crime doesn't pay," but criminals in New Jersey may have to pay more after being convicted in order to create a pot of money to be used for upgrades to school security in the Garden State.
Better protection for police dogs in New Jersey
Those who kill a police dog in New Jersey already face harsh penalties, but the top Republican in the Assembly said the state needs more severe punishment for anyone who assaults a police canine.
Bill would help New Jerseyans save for retirement
If you haven't saved any money at all for retirement you have a lot of company according to a 2014 Federal Reserve report.
Bill would create domestic violence registry in NJ
Modeled after Megan's Law, there is a push to create a publicly accessible online registry for people convicted of serious domestic violence.
Should adults be fined if they smoke with a kid in their car?
A Garden State lawmaker said he wants New Jersey to join the growing list of states that ban adults smoking in a vehicle when a minor is present.