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Westwood, NJ
Specialty Writer — Bergen Record
Covers:  hurricane sandy, new jersey state government, new jersey legislature, 2016 election, hurricane sandy recovery, new jersey news, new jersey politics, governor christie

I cover @GovChristie and #NJpolitics for The Record. Tweet, call or email me tips hayes@northjersey.com / 609.292.9862 / www.facebook.com/Rec...

Melissa Hayes's Biography

State House Bureau reporter for The Record (North Jersey Media Group) covering Governor Christie. Prior to moving to the Trenton Bureau I worked as a municipal reporter in the paper's main office covering a group of communities in northern Bergen County.

Before joining The Record in 2010 I spent a year at The Jersey Journal covering Jersey City and Hudson County politics, including a number of federal court cases ...

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Bridge report details blurred lines in Christie office: State workers by day, campaign volunteers...

Bridge report details blurred lines in Christie office: State workers by day, campaign volunteers...

What was your first job as a journalist?

I was an education reporter at two weekly papers owned by Packet Publications in Middlesex County

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Many, many, many years ago as a kid before we had a household computer

How is social media changing news?

It's requiring us to be faster and more efficient and helping us reach a broader audience.

Fitter Christie may reap political benefits

seattletimes.com — Originally published Monday, November 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM HACKENSACK, N.J. - William Howard Taft, the heaviest president in history, grew so tired of being ridiculed about his weight that he told his physician to put him on a diet, noting that "no real gentleman weighs more than 300 pounds."

Christie’s billionaire booster: Home Depot founder Langone’s fundraising is powerful weapon

northjersey.com — If Governor Christie does decide to run for president, he's already locked up one of the most prolific fundraisers in Republican presidential politics. Ken Langone, 79, is the billionaire founder of Home Depot whose willingness to back Christie for president not only creates the possibility of millions of dollars in donations but also the potential to block possible rivals by keeping them from adding this powerful ally.

Christie’s billionaire booster: Home Depot founder Ken Langone’s fundraising is powerful weapon

northjersey.com — If Governor Christie does decide to run for president, he's already locked up one of the most prolific fundraisers in Republican presidential politics. Ken Langone, 79, is the billionaire founder of Home Depot whose willingness to back Christie for president not only creates the possibility of millions of dollars in donations but also the potential to block possible rivals by keeping them from adding this powerful ally.

Christie ally Robert Grady steps down from investment council

northjersey.com — Robert Grady, one of Governor Christie's closest advisers, resigned Wednesday as chairman of the council that oversees the state's $80 billion public employee pension fund. Grady, who commutes monthly from his home in Wyoming to New Jersey to participate on the board, announced his departure at the State Investment Council meeting.

N.J. public employee pension board chief Robert Grady resigns

northjersey.com — Robert Grady, one of Governor Christie's closest advisers, resigned Wedneday as chairman of the council that oversees the state's $80 billion public employee pension fund. Grady, who commutes monthly from his home in Wyoming to New Jersey to participate on the board, announced his departure at the State Investment Council meeting.

Governor Christie winning weight-loss campaign

northjersey.com — Governor Christie, once an estimated 200 pounds overweight, appears to have taken off at least half those excess pounds in the 21 months since he had Lap-Band surgery, according to experts, a victory many see as essential if he intends to make a 2016 bid for the White House.

Christie signs bill allocating $22.5M for repairs to Passaic River dam, other projects

northjersey.com — Five Passaic County dams will receive loans to fund repairs under a bill Governor Christie signed into law Thursday. Christie approved a bipartisan measure that appropriates $22.5 million from the existing bond money in the state's Dam, Lake and Stream Project Revolving Loan Fund.

Christie signs bill allocating $22.5 million for Passaic River dam repairs

northjersey.com — Five Passaic County dams will receive loans to fund repairs under a bill Governor Christie signed into law Thursday. Christie approved a bipartisan measure that appropriates $22.5 million from the existing bond money in the state's Dam, Lake and Stream Project Revolving Loan Fund.

Analysis: Christie's practice run is over

northjersey.com — The national campaign that raised record amounts of money and earned him winning results is over, meaning it is time for Governor Christie to shift his focus to 2016 and the decision of whether to run for president. Christie has said for months that he has yet to decide.

After midterms, Booker says he will continue to work with members across the aisle

northjersey.com — Now that Republicans have taken control of the Senate after Tuesday's election, that will not change his philosophy of working with members across the aisle to try and tackle difficult issues, Sen. Cory Booker said this morning.
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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

. @GovChristie has vetoed a bill that would have banned the use of gestational crates in pig breeding

Nov 26, 2014

RT @GovChristie: As a precaution, I am ordering a state of emergency here in New Jersey.

Nov 26, 2014

RT @GovChristie: A speed restriction of 45 mph is now in place for the entire length of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Nov 26, 2014

RT @GovChristie: Garden State Parkway has a speed restriction of 45 mph from exit 100 (Wall, Monmouth County) north to NY State line.

Nov 26, 2014

RT @GovChristie: We expect #Cato to get a little worse throughout the day. If you can avoid traveling today, please do. If you must drive. Please drive slow.

Nov 26, 2014

RT @GovChristie: There are 1100 NJDOT and contractor trucks deployed statewide. Spreaders are on the road in North Jersey. #Cato

Nov 26, 2014

RT @GovChristie: In some parts of NJ snow has already started. NJDOT has activated more crews to be on our roads to keep up with conditions.



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