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.
PARCC test – New Jersey struggles to address opt outs
New Jersey does not have a statewide regulation for how to handle students who opt out of taking standardized tests like the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam. The chairman of the Assembly Education Committee said that is unacceptable.
Bridgegate could be a ‘game-changer’ for Christie
Political experts have consistently said voters in Iowa and New Hampshire don't care about the Bridgegate scandal, but that could change as early as Friday if former Port Authority official and Gov. Chris Christie's longtime ally David Wildstein enters a guilty plea.
Overdose deaths in New Jersey declined in 2014
New Jersey finally saw a drop in the number of overdose deaths last year. That news was delivered by the state's top law enforcement official. The chairman of the State Senate Health Committee said he was encouraged, but not satisfied.
The PARCC debate rages on with round two underway
The second round of the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing is underway this week in New Jersey classrooms. There remains a fair amount of parental and legislative opposition to the exams, but the state's education commissioner has defended the …
Education commissioner repeats warning regarding state aid, PARCC
Instead of backing away from threats to withhold school aid for districts that fail to have 95 percent of their students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, New Jersey Education commissioner David Hespe doubled down Tuesday and repeated a warning to the St…
Legislator hits back at state ‘threats’ over PARCC test opt-outs
The chairman of the Assembly Education Committee said Monday that it is "not helpful" for state officials to threaten school districts with loss of aid over students opting out of testing under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
Christie strategist – Running for president is ‘deeply personal’
Mike DuHaime, Gov. Chris Christie's longtime advisor and top political strategist said the decision of whether or not to run for president in 2016 is tougher to make than most people might think.
Poll – NJ voters agree on what constitutes corruption
Splashed across the headlines these days in New Jersey are the indictment of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on corruption charges and possible looming indictments in the Bridgegate scandal. With corruption at the forefront once again, a new poll released Monday takes a look at how New Jerseyans view …
Worst tax systems in the US? New Jersey ranks second
New Jersey has the second worst tax system in the nation, according to a new survey. California ranks number one.
Lawmaker calls on Christie administration to invest more in tourism
Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry that generates revenue and creates jobs. At a State House press conference Thursday, Republican Sen. Bob Singer (R-Lakewood) urged the Christie administration to spend more on tourism promotion.