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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.

Officers and their K9 partners from the Union County Sheriff's office pay respects to NY-NJ Port Authority K9 dog Sirius, killed during the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. (Photo by Don Murray/Getty Images)
Officers and their K9 partners from the Union County Sheriff's office pay respects to NY-NJ Port Authority K9 dog Sirius, killed during the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. (Photo by Don Murray/Getty Images)
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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.

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A proposed bill would strengthen gun laws in NJ to protect domestic violence victims from gun violence. (JOHN GOMEZ, ThinkStock)
A proposed bill would strengthen gun laws in NJ to protect domestic violence victims from gun violence. (JOHN GOMEZ, ThinkStock)
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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.

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PTSD sufferers should have medical pot access, says NJ lawmaker

Under New Jersey's medical marijuana program, considered by many to be the strictest in the nation, those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder are not eligible to receive cannabis. Some Garden State lawmakers are seeking to change the law.

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Governor Chris Christie and Senate President Steve Sweeney
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Is having too many ballot questions a bad idea?

Although some Democratic leaders in the New Jersey Legislature said they will discuss the possibility of adding a question to the ballot regarding future pension payments, one political expert said putting too many questions on the ballot sends a bad signal.

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Marijuana plant.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
Marijuana plant. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
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Christie maintains stance on marijuana laws

On Sunday's edition of CBS' "Face the Nation" Gov. Chris Christie repeated that if he were president he would enforce federal marijuana laws in Colorado and Washington where recreational use of the drug is legal under state law. Christie has never said he would do same in states where medical marijuana use is legal, but as Commander-in-Chief he would certainly have that option.

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