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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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Christie’s Online Tax Collection Plan Could Generate Revenue [AUDIO]

In his state budget address, Gov. Chris Christie proposed forcing online-only retailers to collect New Jersey's seven-percent sales tax and turn that revenue over to the state. If you think this means a tax increase for you, think again. Consumers are already required to pay the tax, but many don't.

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Fixing NJ’s Roads: Is a Gas Tax Hike the Answer? [AUDIO]

It's no secret that Gov. Chris Christie is no fan of tax increases. During his first gubernatorial campaign in 2009 he said he would not hike taxes and he has consistently repeated that pledge including in his recent state budget address. That's not stopping the top lawmaker in the Assembly from talking about a tax increase to help the chronically cash-strapped state.

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Gov. Chris Christie delivers his budget address
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Why Didn’t Governor Christie Propose Tax Cut? [AUDIO]

In his State of the State message Gov. Chris Christie hinted he would propose a tax cut in his Fiscal Year 2015 State Budget Address, but he didn't. That surprised many, but State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff explained that it all came down to money or more accurately, the lack of it.

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Democratic leaders react to Governor Christie's Budget Address (NJ Assembly Democrats Facebook)
Democratic leaders react to Governor Christie's Budget Address (NJ Assembly Democrats Facebook)
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NJ Dems: Job Growth, Economy Fixes Needed [AUDIO]

New Jersey Democrats responded to Gov. Chris Christie's $34.4 billion state budget Tuesday, calling for more job growth and an increase in state revenue.

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NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney
State Sen. Pres. Steve Sweeney (David Matthau, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Dems: NJ Can’t Afford Tax Cut Right Now [AUDIO]

Senate President Steve Sweeney talked about a variety of issues related to the state budget, including the possibility of reviving a revenue boosting bill that Gov. Christie has already vetoed three times.

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