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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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Pulaski ‘Carmageddon’ Could Reduce Turnpike Tolls [AUDIO]

With the Pulaski Skyway shut down for a two-year repair project, many North Jersey drivers are being forced to take the New Jersey Turnpike to get to Jersey City or Manhattan. Not only is that alternate route more expensive, it could also lead to traffic congestion so bad that some have already dubbed it "Carmageddon."

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Casual Pot Use Linked to Brain Abnormalities: Study [AUDIO]

A new study published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience by researchers at Northwestern University, in collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, links significant brain abnormalities to the casual use of pot by young adults.

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Every Day is Tax Day, Says NJ Lawmaker [AUDIO]

Tuesday was Tax Day, the deadline for filing income tax returns, but the top Republican in the state Assembly said every day is Tax Day in the high tax environment of New Jersey. He urged the legislature to get to work on a trio of tax-cutting bills.

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(Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christie Takes Aim at Assembly Speaker [AUDIO]

Gov. Chris Christie had some harsh words for Assembly Speaker Vinnie Prieto early this week. On Monday, the governor again hammered Prieto for failing to take action on a bill to cap the salary increases that arbitrators can award to public employees at two percent.

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Christie Says He Was ‘Nervous’ at Bridgegate Meeting [AUDIO]

The outwardly cool and ultra-confident Gov. Chris Christie admits he was nervous at a high-level meeting to discuss the growing Bridgegate scandal. That nugget can be found within interview notes newly released by the law firm hired to do the governor's internal investigation.

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Gov. Chris Christie Addresses The Fort Lee George Washington Bridge Scandal
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Dual Bridgegate Probes Continue [AUDIO]

Some political insiders are wondering if the two investigations on a traffic jam scandal orchestrated by former aides to Gov. Chris Christie are on a collision course that will ultimately force the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to disband so the U.S. Attorney's Office can do its job.

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Christie speaks at a town hall meeting in Fairfield
(David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ) Christie speaks at a town hall meeting in Fairfield
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Fire Union Offended by Christie Comment [AUDIO]

A 2 percent cap on salary increases that arbitrators can award for public employees expired March 31 and Gov. Chris Christie has been using his Town Hall meetings as a vehicle to rail against the Democrat-controlled Assembly for not talking action on a bill to extend the limit.

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NJ a National Model for Helping Veterans [AUDIO]

Although Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has officially been ruled out as a factor, the recent Fort Hood shooting has raised new questions about the mental health of America's soldiers. Wednesday, the head of the New Jersey National Guard told the Assembly Budget Committee that the Garden State is setting the standard when it comes to helping veterans.

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