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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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Gov. Chris Christie during his budget address on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Trenton (Tim Larsen, Govenor's Office)
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‘Presidential’ Christie? Does his budget hit the right notes for 2016?

Did Gov. Christie Christie strike a presidential tone during Tuesday's state budget address when he unveiled a $33.8 billion budget that called for no new tax increases and a drastic change to the state's pension and health benefits system?

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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 dealing is far from done in New Jersey

Gov. Chris Christie has proposed a $33.8 billion State Budget that keeps funding essentially flat for schools, higher education, municipalities and property tax relief programs. But the spending plan will not be adopted as is, because budgets never are.

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Chris Christie critics blast his presidential platform

Speaking this week in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Christie said if he ran for president and won, in his first 100 days in office he would simplify the country's tax system and pass policies to expand America's energy independence. Two of the governor's critics were quick to respond.

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Gov. Chris Christie (Bryan Thomas, Getty Images)
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Chris Christie Not the First NJ Governor to Flirt with Presidency

Gov. Chris Christie is the first New Jersey governor since Woodrow Wilson to be seriously considered as a potential presidential candidate, but Garden State chief executives almost always get a little presidential buzz at some point, according to two political experts.

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ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - FEBRUARY 06: Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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Heroin Addiction Information Would be Expanded Under Proposed Legislation

Health experts have said drug addiction, particularly heroin addiction, is an epidemic in New Jersey's cities, suburbs and rural areas. To help address the crisis, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) has introduced a bill that would require the state's substance abuse treatment facilities to post information about their services on county and state websites.

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