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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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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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Gov. Chris Christie at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines, Iowa
Gov. Chris Christie at the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines, Iowa on March 7, 2015. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Bridgegate could be a ‘game-changer’ for Christie

Political experts have consistently said voters in Iowa and New Hampshire don't care about the Bridgegate scandal, but that could change as early as Friday if former Port Authority official and Gov. Chris Christie's longtime ally David Wildstein enters a guilty plea.

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The PARCC debate rages on with round two underway

The second round of the controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers testing is underway this week in New Jersey classrooms. There remains a fair amount of parental and legislative opposition to the exams, but the state's education commissioner has defended the tests in hearings before Senate and the Assembly committees.

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Education commissioner repeats warning regarding state aid, PARCC

Instead of backing away from threats to withhold school aid for districts that fail to have 95 percent of their students take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests, New Jersey Education commissioner David Hespe doubled down Tuesday and repeated a warning to the State Senate Budget Committee.

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Chris Christie responds to a question from Townsquare Media's Eric Scott. (Photo By: Kira Buxton, Townsquare Media NJ)
Chris Christie responds to a question from Townsquare Media's Eric Scott. (Photo By: Kira Buxton, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Christie strategist – Running for president is ‘deeply personal’

Mike DuHaime, Gov. Chris Christie's longtime advisor and top political strategist said the decision of whether or not to run for president in 2016 is tougher to make than most people might think.

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Poll – NJ voters agree on what constitutes corruption

Splashed across the headlines these days in New Jersey are the indictment of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) on corruption charges and possible looming indictments in the Bridgegate scandal. With corruption at the forefront once again, a new poll released Monday takes a look at how New Jerseyans view corruption.

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Security increases for NJ child welfare workers explained to legislature

Last November, just days after police officers were removed from New Jersey child welfare offices in a cost-cutting move, a caseworker was stabbed in her Camden office by a client. Following that attack, the state Department of Children and Families took immediate and long-term action.

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