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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.

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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Another Tough Budget for New Jersey

According to the Department of the Treasury, revenue collections for Fiscal Year 2015 are just about where Gov. Chris Christie projected they would be, but that does not mean the state is flush with cash.

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A College Degree for Less Than $10,000 in NJ

Imagine getting a four-year degree in New Jersey for only $10,000. A group of state Assembly members are hoping to make that a reality by sponsoring legislation that encourages New Jersey's colleges and universities to offer baccalaureate degree programs that cost no more than $10,000 in tuition and fees.

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American Flag Needs Protection, NJ Lawmaker Says

New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer is troubled by reports of California college students who, backed by professors, voted to remove the American flag from a campus lobby because they said it was not culturally inclusive. Dancer wants to make sure this does not happen in the Garden State without consequences.

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Why PARCC? New Jersey education commissioner explains

With all of the controversy swirling around the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams, many parents and teachers want to know why New Jersey decided to administer the exams in the first place. There are also many complaints about the Common Core curriculum.

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Road rage – Should it be covered in driver education courses?

Should New Jersey high schools with driver's education courses be required to include the dangers of road rage in the curriculum? Consider this: 6-in-10 Americans consider aggressive driving to be a "major threat" to themselves and their families.

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Common Core – Poll shows New Jerseyans know little about it

The controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams have started in most school districts throughout the state this month, but a new poll reveals most New Jersey residents admit they don't know much about the Common Core education standards that are aligned with the standardized tests.

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Retirement savings – The statistics for Americans are worrisome

Have you saved any money for retirement or are you among the many Americans who haven't socked away anything? You could get the opportunity to have your company take a small percentage from your paycheck and put it into a state-run retirement account.

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NJ Snow Removal Funding Could Face 50 Percent Cut

As New Jerseyans brace for another winter storm Wednesday night. Gov. Chris Christie might be forecasting a milder winter next year. The governor's fiscal year 2016 $33.8 billion budget proposal calls for slashing the funding for snow removal by $44 million, a nearly 50 percent reduction.

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