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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.

Medical Marijuana
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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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GOP Presidential Candidates Address Economic Growth Summit In Orlando
GOP presidential candidates address economic growth summit In Orlando (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Is Christie waiting too long to announce his presidential plans?

Gov. Chris Christie is on record stating he would announce his decision on whether he plans to seek the GOP nomination for president at some point this month. With so many candidates already throwing their hats in the ring, some argue Christie's announcement may be too late, however, a pair of political pundits agreed that the governor's timetable makes strategic sense.

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Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
Governor Chris Christie delivers his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Address to the Legislature in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Budget talks in limbo in New Jersey

The deadline for a signed and balanced spending plan for the state is midnight June 30 and it still remains unclear if budget talks will be happening.

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A new bill would make animal cruelty violators pay expenses for the injured pet. (sonyae, ThinkStock)
A new bill would make animal cruelty violators pay expenses for the injured pet. (sonyae, ThinkStock)
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Making animal cruelty violators pay expenses for injured pet

A pair of New Jersey lawmakers is working to ensure that those who abuse someone's pet or their own pet are required to literally pay for their actions.

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Steve Sweeney speaks with Dennis and Judi
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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 Jersey's poor.

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