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.
New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Will Stay at $8.38 an Hour in 2016
In 2013, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot question to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.25 and tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index.
A move to outlaw ‘puppy mills’ in NJ
An influential lawmaker who has said he plans to run for governor in 2017 wants to outlaw so-called “puppy mills” in New Jersey.
Christie’s approval rating drops lower than ever, poll shows
Bad news for Gov. Chris Christie. The latest poll numbers show that New Jerseyans are more dissatisfied than ever with the job the governor is doing and they feel the state is headed in the wrong direction.
NJ’s beaches take a beating, but erosion group hasn’t met in 14 years
After Irene, Sandy and last weekend's storms, New Jersey knows something about powerful storms and massive beach erosion. A lawmaker wants to reactivate the group responsible for dealing with it.
What NJ needs to know about traveling during the Pope’s visit
Take mass transit or stay off the roads during Pope Francis’ visit if possible. That continues to be the strong message from the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
NJ is No. 1 for taxes yet again, report says
It’s not always good to be number one. The nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank, Truth in Accounting has released a new report that revealed New Jersey has the highest tax burden per taxpayer in the nation.
What should Christie’s strategy be for the second GOP debate?
Most political experts thought Gov. Chris Christie did a fairly good job in the first Republican presidential debate, but the performance did nothing to help him in the polls.
Can Christie’s presidential run ever gain momentum?
Gov. Chris Christie has been tirelessly campaigning in New Hampshire and he's a frequent flier to Iowa, but he is gaining no traction with the voters in either state. Polls and national surveys also show him floundering near 10th in the crowded field of GOP presidential candidates.
Trump hurting Christie with New Hampshire voters, poll shows
In the first Monmouth University poll since he launched his presidential campaign, Gov. Chris Christie makes it into the top 10 with GOP primary voters in New Hampshire.
Can Gov. Chris Christie make it to ‘Super Tuesday?’
Gov. Chris Christie isn't polling over 5 percent in the latest surveys from the four early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. One New Jersey political expert said the governor is probably going to have to win one of those states to survive and fight in the 12 "Super Tuesday" states on March 1.
Debate continues over casinos in North and Central Jersey
As Atlantic City continues to try and recover from economic hardship, the debate continues as to whether casinos should be allowed in Central and North Jersey.
NJ casino expansion on hold until 2016?
Supporters of a ballot question asking New Jersey voters to amend the constitution to allow casinos outside of Atlantic City are not conceding that it won't happen this year, but they are losing confidence. In order for voters to get the chance in November, a resolution must receive final legislative approval by Aug. 3.