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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.

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Republican presidential candidates, from left, Lindsey Graham, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Bobby Jindal, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rick Santorum speak among themselves after a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Does the first GOP presidential debate really matter?

Not every political expert thinks making into Thursday night's prime time debate of Republican presidential candidates is crucial and at least one wasn't sure the debate itself matters.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie greets guests during a campaign event on in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie greets guests during a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on June 12, 2015. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Christie tied for 7th, Trump soaring in new GOP presidential poll

Although it's not clear why, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has opened up a huge 14-point lead in the latest national poll of GOP voters released Monday. The Monmouth University survey also indicated that Gov. Chris Christie is likely to be in the top 10 which would enable him to participate in Thursday night's prime time debate.

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New Jersey Legislature (Tim Larsen, Governor's Office)
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Transportation, economy top New Jersey Senate’s summer agenda

The New Jersey Assembly is not expected to return to Trenton for committee hearings and voting sessions until the fall. The state Senate, however, is not getting a summer break.

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NJ Governor Chris Christie Speaks At A Startup Accelerator In Iowa
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to potential voters during a campaign event on June 12, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Christie must participate in prime-time debate, says political experts

Fox News is expected to announce Tuesday night the top 10 candidates in national polls who will participate in the first prime time Republican presidential debate scheduled for Aug. 6. The remaining six GOP candidates will be invited to take part in a debate earlier that same day.

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(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
(Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Support for legalizing marijuana is rising in New Jersey

Momentum is building in the Garden State for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use, according to a survey released Friday by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind in conjunction with the New Jersey affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Lawmakers are looking to create a program for smoking cessation despite a lack of funding. (aquarius83men, ThinkStock)
Lawmakers are looking to create a program for smoking cessation despite a lack of funding. (aquarius83men, ThinkStock)
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Smoking cessation programs would get a boost under proposed bill

In 2003, New Jersey set aside $30 million from its cigarette tax for smoking cessation programs, but then began dialing back the funding until completely eliminating it in the Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget. There is now a plan to get the programs up and running again with even more funding without asking anyone to pay more.

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Gov. Christie at a town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire
Gov. Christie at a town hall event in Derry, New Hampshire (@ChrisChristie via Twitter)
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Trump hurting Christie with New Hampshire voters, poll shows

In the first Monmouth University poll since he launched his presidential campaign, Gov. Chris Christie makes it into the top 10 with GOP primary voters in New Hampshire.

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Gov. Chris Christie
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie leaves a campaign event on June 12, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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What went wrong for Chris Christie in Iowa?

Just 1 percent of likely Iowa GOP primary voters who participated in a July 20 Monmouth University poll said Gov. Chris Christie was their first choice for president. Only 2 percent named him as their second choice. The poll's director said it seemed as though Christie has given up on Iowa.

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