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.
New state budget will help the poor, Senate president says
New Jersey's State Budget must be signed and balanced by midnight on June 30. That doesn't leave much time to find ways to fund many initiatives and there is not a lot of money to go around. Despite that, the top lawmaker in the State Senate promised the new spending plan will help New Jer…
NJ small businesses fear Verizon rate hikes, service disruptions
Under a recent settlement approved by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Verizon can raise rates on residential and business landline phone service. Opposition was staunch and immediate.
Legislation seeks to reduce drug addiction and overdoses
Health experts, lawmakers and residents agree that New Jersey is in the throes of a heroin epidemic. In an effort to combat the problem, One state lawmaker who is also a practicing physician, is now helping a colleague spearhead an effort to require health insurers to cover pain medications designed…
NJ bill would strengthen laws for large dog breeds
Two New Jersey lawmakers are pushing for stronger fence and leash laws for large dog breeds in an effort to curb attacks on humans.
NJ’s smallest businesses optimistic about their future
A new survey shows the smallest businesses in the Garden State were continuing their slow, but steady recovery from the recession.
NJ college affordability panel gets to work
The New Jersey College Affordability Commission is not expected to report its recommendations to Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature until September of 2016, but the panel took testimony Wednesday at the Statehouse and received a variety of ideas to consider in an effort to lower the cost of a c…
Health care premium could surge soon, report shows
When health care claim costs rise, premiums increase as well. A new Wells Fargo survey suggested claim costs could go up significantly through the rest of 2015 and into 2016.
Congressman takes aim at vehicle recall policies
In 2014, 64 million vehicles were recalled and that is a record. Last week, a reportedly fatal airbag defect resulted in almost 34 million vehicles being recalled in what was the largest recall of any consumer product in U.S. history. One New Jersey congressman said lessons should be learned and he …
NJ working to reduce e-cigarette use among students
As the number of teenagers smoking electronic cigarettes increases, New Jersey is doing a number of things to combat the growing problem.
Christie wants to banish America’s cynics
As Gov. Chris Christie continues to travel the county talking about a range of topics including national defense, entitlement reform and economic policy, he's also taking on America's cynics.