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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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NJ Budget Panel Hears About Longer School Days [POLL/AUDIO]

Schools in New Jersey's poorest performing districts will be competing for $5 million to implement a pilot program with longer school days and longer school years if one of Gov. Chris Christie's Fiscal Year 2015 state budget proposals is approved.

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NJ Could Have Had an Extra $3.3 Billion [AUDIO]

The top budget analyst with New Jersey's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services has informed Senate and Assembly budget committees that if the Garden State's economic rebound mirrored national performance, the state would have had roughly $3.3 billion more to spend in the current year's budget.

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Sen. Budget Boss: NJ Needs Gas Tax Hike [POLL/AUDIO]

Job creation, not taxation, is the key to turning around New Jersey's struggling economy according to Paul Sarlo, chairman of the state Senate Budget Committee. But Sarlo feels that raising the gas tax is a must for improving the state's decaying roads and bridges.

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Bridget Anne Kelly In Court For Hearing
Bridget Anne Kelly confers with her attorney in court (Mel Evans, Getty Images)
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Bridgegate Committee Plays Waiting Game [AUDIO]

The Select Committee on Investigation, the legislative panel looking into the Bridgegate scandal, continues to comb through thousands of documents while waiting for a judge to decide -- in a ruling expected soon -- if two key players will be forced to turn over subpoenaed information.

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NJ Gov Christie Holds News Conference At Statehouse
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Bridgegate Overshadows NJ’s Budget [AUDIO]

If it is approved as proposed, Gov. Chris Christie's Fiscal Year 2015 state budget would be the biggest spending plan in New Jersey history, yet the $34.5 billion proposal is not the focus at the State House.

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Kindergarten Is Not Mandatory in NJ [POLL/AUDIO]

Like a lot of people, Assemblyman Charles Mainor had no idea that kids in the Garden State do not have to go to kindergarten. Mainor and a trio of other Assembly members have introduced a bill to force children to go to kindergarten and to lower the age at which they have to start attending school.

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State Senator Loretta Weinberg
State Senator Loretta Weinberg (D) (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media)
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NJ Dems React to Bridgegate Report [AUDIO]

The attorney leading the Christie administration's internal investigation into Bridgegate has formally released a report claiming Gov. Chris Christie did nothing wrong. However, the Democratic co-chairs of the Select Committee on Investigation, the legislative panel probing the scandal, are not at all convinced.

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NJ Beach Town Devastated By Hurricane Sandy Tears Down Storm-Damaged Homes
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Sandy Aid Equity Bill on Christie’s Desk [AUDIO]

The way New Jersey doles out the second round of federal Sandy relief aid would be more equitable and more transparent, according to the sponsors of a bill that has passed the full legislature and now awaits action from Gov. Chris Christie.

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