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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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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Poll: Christie Shouldn’t Run for Prez, Would Lose if He Does

If a presidential primary was held today in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie would win the Republican nod, as would former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the Democrats' side. The latest Quinnipiac University poll finds Clinton would then defeat Christie by double digits in a head-to-head matchup.

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What Happens When Students ‘Opt Out’ of PARCC?

Controversy continues to swirl around the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) tests. Facebook and other social media groups have been formed to protest the exams and garner support for opting students out of taking them.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pauses while speaking in Camden Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
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Bridgegate is a ‘traffic nightmare that never ends’ for Christie

A little over one year ago the Bridgegate scandal erupted in full force and a new poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University suggests the scandal is still taking its toll on Gov. Chris Christie.

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Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in 2013
Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in 2013 (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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Christie, Democrats at odds over tax cuts and hikes

In his State of the State Address, Gov. Chris Christie called on the Democrat-controlled NJ Legislature to lower taxes while also pledging to veto any income tax increase he gets from lawmakers. Democratic leaders fired back and said the governor has to consider every revenue-raising option to help turn New Jersey's economy around.

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New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald. (Kevin McArdle, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Assembly Majority Leader: NJ, like the US, is beset by anxiety

In his State of the State Address, Gov. Chris Christie said America is a nation beset by anxiety. Following the speech, Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Voorhees) didn't disagree with the governor, but he did note that New Jersey residents have their own brand of anxiety and that needed to be addressed.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is greeted as he arrives at the state house to deliver his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J.  During the speech at New Jersey's State House, Christie aimed at national issues as well as those in his state, and he noted lessons learned while traveling the country last year to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidates. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is greeted as he arrives at the state house to deliver his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. During the speech at New Jersey's State House, Christie aimed at national issues as well as those in his state, and he noted lessons learned while traveling the country last year to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidates. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Dems Agree Christie Can Seek Presidency and Run NJ

Gov. Chris Christie has said that if he decides to run for president in 2016 he will not leave office. A run for the White House would entail a tremendous amount of out-of-state travel, but Christie has insisted he can govern the state from anywhere. This may surprise many, but top Democrats in the New Jersey legislature actually agree with the governor.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers his State Of The State address, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Christie’s speech places emphasis on national issues

Before his State of the State address Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie held an off-the-record briefing with national media outlets only and shut out New Jersey journalists . That could be viewed as one sign that he will toss his hat in the ring and run for president in 2016, but other signals were clearly evident in the speech as well.

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Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in 2013
Governor Chris Christie gives the State of the State Address in the Assembly Chambers at the Statehouse in 2013 (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)
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New poll: Current State of the State is Not so Great

Hours before Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to deliver his fifth State of the State address before a special joint session of the legislature Tuesday, a new Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll was released showing that more Garden State residents disapprove of Christie's job performance than approve.

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(Nobilior, ThinkStock)
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Bill Could Keep Car Dealers from Remotely Disabling Vehicle

Some cars in New Jersey come equipped with so-called "payment assurance devices." That might sound like a good thing to some, but the devices actually allow a car dealer or lender to remotely disable a vehicle if the driver is late making loan payments.

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Sweeney: Christie needs to produce ideas for economic growth

If New Jersey's economy is truly going to rebound in 2015, Gov. Chris Christie must start producing legitimate ideas, according to state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford). He said creating economic growth in New Jersey is one of this top priorities.

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