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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.

NJ Governor Chris Christie Speaks At A Startup Accelerator In Iowa
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie leaves a campaign event on June 12, 2015 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Political pundits – It’s critical for Christie to be in first debate

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to struggle in the latest round of presidential polls, three local political pundits said it's imperative for him to have a place in next month's upcoming debate to be considered a serious contender for the White House.

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NJ law prohibits release of a specific teacher’s performance evaluation

Figures released this month by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) revealed that are 2,900 teachers in the state with a rating of "ineffective" or "partially effective." If you're hoping to learn if your child's teacher is one of those instructors, you'll be out of luck.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, accompanied by his family, speaks to supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, accompanied by his family, speaks to supporters during an event announcing he will seek the Republican nomination for president, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at Livingston High School in Livingston, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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Christie still has ‘a lot of work to do’

Political experts say despite Gov. Chris Christie's recent policy speeches and visits to key states, has a lot of work to do.

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NJ has almost 3,000 teachers rated as 'ineffective' or 'partially ineffective.' (Fuse, ThinkStock)
NJ has almost 3,000 teachers rated as 'ineffective' or 'partially ineffective.' (Fuse, ThinkStock)
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New Jersey has almost 3,000 ‘struggling’ teachers

Figures released by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) revealed that almost three percent of the state's teachers are rated "ineffective" or "partially effective." That percentage might seem small, but the Garden State has a lot of teachers, so that number represents almost 3,000 teachers.

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Governor Chris Christie announces his run for President
Governor Chris Christie announces his run for President (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Why didn’t Christie get a bump in the latest presidential poll?

Most political pundits predicted Gov. Chris Christie would get a bump in national polls just after he formally launched his presidential campaign on June 30. In fact, the opposite happened, according to a recent poll.

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President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran deal is reached.  Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off from Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran deal is reached. Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off from Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
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New poll shows Americans don’t trust Iran

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced a deal with Iran for that country to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of billions of dollars in international sanctions. The same day, a national poll released by Monmouth University revealed the majority of Americans don't trust Iran.

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Gay marriage (Chris Howey, ThinkStock)
Gay marriage (Chris Howey, ThinkStock)
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LGBT Americans bullish on marriage equality, survey reveals

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide. A new Wells Fargo & Company survey of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans revealed that many felt optimistic about their financial future, but a large faction of the community didn't fully understand the financial implications of marriage equality.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a news conference, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Bridgegate’s impact on Christie’s presidential campaign

Since the so-called Bridgegate "scandal" broke in January 2014, political experts have said people outside of New Jersey simply don't care about it. Now that Gov. Chris Christie is officially a presidential candidate, that could be changing, but in ways different than many might think.

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