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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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BRADLEY BEACH, NJ - AUGUST 15: Sunbathers enjoy the cool waters in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
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NJ’s beaches are in great shape, says report

Beaches at the Jersey shore are ready for tourists, vacationers and day trippers this holiday weekend, according to a report released Thursday.

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Chris Christie
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at an event at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Pension reform plan could have system largely funded by 2043

As discussion about the public employees' pension system continues, one plan has been proposed that would have pensions 74.4 percent funded by 2043.

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Chris Christie
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at an event at the University of New Hampshire in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, May 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Christie plans to unveil college affordability plan

Gov. Chris Christie says he plans to announce in the near future a detailed proposal for making college more affordable and to ensure that institutions of higher education are matching students' skills to the needs of employers.

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Pensions
A CWA protest in Trenton over pension payments on June 12, 2014 (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Pension lawsuits take center stage in New Jersey

On Tuesday, a Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to force Gov. Chris Christie to pay an additional $1.8 billion into the public employees' pension fund in the next fiscal year. Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a case that could force Christie to contribute and extra $1.6 billion into the system by midnight June 30.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. speaks in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare for future retirees on Tuesday as part of a plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade, an approach he said would confront the nation's "biggest challenges in an honest way."  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. speaks in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Christie proposed pushing back the age of eligibility for Social Security and Medicare for future retirees on Tuesday as part of a plan to cut deficits by $1 trillion over a decade, an approach he said would confront the nation's "biggest challenges in an honest way." (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Bridgegate testimony could hurt Christie, political experts say

The attorney for Gov. Chris Christie's former deputy chief of staff Bridget Kelly says he'll subpoena anyone necessary to prove his client's innocence.

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Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie
Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie (Clinton: Getty Images/ Patrick Smith; Christie: Getty Images/Jeff Zelevansky)
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Christie trails Clinton and Bush in hypothetical race, poll shows

Voters in Iowa and New Hampshire are not looking to New Jersey for guidance in GOP presidential primaries, but they could notice a poll released Wednesday by Monmouth University. The survey reveals that for the first time, Gov. Chris Christie is not the Republican leader among Garden Staters in a hypothetical race.

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PARCC test – New Jersey struggles to address opt outs

New Jersey does not have a statewide regulation for how to handle students who opt out of taking standardized tests like the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam. The chairman of the Assembly Education Committee said that is unacceptable.

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