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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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‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ to End With a 45-Minute Battle, and Here’s the Diagram to Prove It

Warner Bros. continues to tout 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' as the defining chapter of the middle earth saga, and the most epic installment yet. How epic? Well, it apparently culminates with a 45-minute battle sequence featuring dwarves and orcs and elves and all their various weapons and such. It's a big ol' middle earth war party, and Peter Jackson has the diagram to prove it.

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Gay Couples Marry At New York City Hall
Gay Couples Marry At New York City Hall (Mario Tama, Getty Images)
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NJ Gay Marriage Ruling Not Expected Before Fall [AUDIO]

In one of the first major courtroom tests since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Lambda Legal presented oral arguments Thursday on a motion for summary judgment before the New Jersey Superior Court in a case seeking marriage equality on behalf of Garden State Equality, the plaintiff in the case. The State of New Jersey also presented its case.

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NJ Municipal Salaries Would be Capped Under Legislation [POLL/AUDIO]

New Jersey State Senator Sam Thompson plans to introduce legislation next week that would cap the salaries of employees at local sewerage, utilities and county improvement authorities.  The legislation will also end other employee perks funded by public dollars.

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Should NJ change their alimony laws?
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NJ Split Over Whether to Eliminate Lifetime Alimony [POLL/AUDIO]

Garden State voters are split over two separate issues being debated by state political leaders: alimony reform and the appropriate use of bond money for higher education, according to today's poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind.

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Should Rutgers stick with New Athletic Director Julie Hermann?
Julie Hermann (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Christie Gives Full Support to Rutgers Hierarchy [VIDEO]

Embattled Rutgers University is embroiled in yet another scandal and this one shows no signs of letting up. Newly-hired Rutgers Athletic Director Julie Hermann is under fire for allegedly calling members of the University of Tennessee volleyball team, “whores” and “alcoholics.” A new report says Hermann was also involved in a discrimination lawsuit while at Louisville.

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Former St. Peter's Prep basketball player, Tommy Papas (Photo by Kevin McArdle)
Former St. Peter's Prep basketball player, Tommy Papas (Photo by Kevin McArdle)
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Did NJ High School Basketball Coach Cause Player’s Vision Loss? [AUDIO]

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: This afternoon Townsquare Media NJ received a letter from members of the St. Peter's Prep basketball team in support of Coach Todd Decker.  In the letter, the players say, "at no point ever have we felt threatened or fearful in any towards Coach Decker."  They go on to say, "Coach Decker has nothing but our support and dedication."

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