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.
Support for North Jersey casinos on the rise, poll shows
A new poll released Wednesday by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind asked Garden State residents how they felt about placing a question on the ballot asking voters if the state constitution should be amended to allow casinos to operate in North Jersey. The results were somewhat favorable.
Do people believe there’s a war on Christmas?
36 percent of Democrats said politicians were trying to take ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, but 64 percent of Republicans felt that way.
Should New Jersey prohibit new jughandles?
Traffic circles are the bane of many commuters' existence in New Jersey, but we don't hear much complaining about jughandles. At least we didn't until very recently.
Small business optimism dips for second straight quarter
The latest Wells Fargo Small Business Index revealed small business owners are less optimistic than they were in April when they were less optimistic than they were in January.
Gas tax hike sparks new concern in Trenton
As New Jersey lawmakers continue to argue over how best to fund the nearly bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF), a pool of money used to fix the state's roads and bridges, a new concern has been brought to the table.
What went wrong for Chris Christie in Iowa?
Just 1 percent of likely Iowa GOP primary voters who participated in a July 20 Monmouth University poll said Gov. Chris Christie was their first choice for president. Only 2 percent named him as their second choice. The poll's director said it seemed as though Christie has given up on Iowa.
NJ lawmaker learns from the Baltimore riots
The nation watched as rocks and bricks rained down from rooftops, injuring first responders and damaging their equipment during the recent riots in Baltimore. There was a complete breakdown of law and order, as hoses were slashed so that fires couldn't be put out, and police cars were torched and overturned.
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.
Millionaire’s tax hike – Take five
A millionaire's tax increase is likely to be included in the budget proposal expected to be introduced on Monday by Democratic leaders in the New Jersey Legislature.
Bill would create domestic violence registry in NJ
Modeled after Megan's Law, there is a push to create a publicly accessible online registry for people convicted of serious domestic violence.
NJ working to reduce e-cigarette use among students
As the number of teenagers smoking electronic cigarettes increases, New Jersey is doing a number of things to combat the growing problem.
NJ’s beaches are in great shape, says report
Beaches at the Jersey shore are ready for tourists, vacationers and day trippers this holiday weekend, according to a report released Thursday.