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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.

Poll: Christie’s job approval rating remains negative after state budget address

northjersey.com — A majority of voters, 51 percent, say they disapprove of the governor's job performance, compared to 35 percent who approve, the poll found. That rift has grown larger since the governor's numbers first flipped negative in an October PublicMind survey, with 47 percent disapproving and 41 percent approving of his job performance at that time.

Poll: Christie’s job approval rating remains negative after state budget address

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie's call for another public employee benefits overhaul in his state budget address last week hasn't helped his approval rating, according to the latest Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll. A majority of voters, 51 percent, say they disapprove of the governor's job performance, compared to 35 percent who approve, the poll found.

Analysis: Christie looks to turn pension rift to his favor

northjersey.com — Governor Christie's plans for a second round of pension and health benefit reforms have been hammered for what his critics see as the governor's failure to live up to past promises and over his claim that he fixed the same problem four years ago.

Questions swirl on Christie plan for pensions; ‘road map' could divide unions

northjersey.com — A day after Governor Christie announced what he is calling a "road map for reform" on public employee pensions and health care, legislators and union leaders aren't sure what exactly the next step is, but they say any progress is most likely to hinge on negotiating changes to employee health benefits.

Christie tries to sell pension plan during town hall meeting

northjersey.com — Governor Christie told a welcoming crowd in Moorestown on Wednesday that, even though he's considering running for president, he's focused on being governor. The day after Christie introduced a $33.8 billion budget that called for sweeping pension and health benefits changes for public employees, he took his fiscal message on the road to Burlington County.

Christie takes pension overhaul plan to the people in town hall meeting

northjersey.com — Governor Christie told a welcoming crowd in Moorestown on Wednesday afternoon that, even though he's considering running for president, he's focused on being governor. The day after Christie introduced a $33.8 billion budget that called for sweeping pension and health benefits changes for public employees, he took his fiscal message on the road to Burlington County.

Christie adds Google executive to political team

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie's political action committee has hired a Google executive as its communications director. Christie's supporters launched the Leadership Matters for America PAC last month to hire staff and fund his travel as he considers entered the GOP presidential primary contest. Samantha Smith is the newest addition to a group, which consists largely of people close to the governor.

Christie lays out $33.8B budget; wants to make public pensions more similar to those in private sector

northjersey.com — Pitching what he said could become a "national model," Governor Christie used his budget speech Tuesday to speak almost exclusively about pension reform, returning to the issue that won him national acclaim and one that sets up fights here with unions and Democrats that control the Legislature.

Christie losing fiery longtime spokesman

northjersey.com — Governor Christie's spokesman, a fiery defender whose combative nature was detailed in expletive-laced emails disclosed as part of the George Washington Bridge scandal, is leaving the administration Friday. Michael Drewniak, whose relationship with Christie as his spokesman dates to the U.S. Attorney's Office, confirmed his departure Tuesday after it was first reported in The Wall Street Journal.

Christie lays out $33.8B budget; includes pitch to freeze pensions for public employees

northjersey.com — Governor Christie unveiled a $33.8 billion budget in a speech Tuesday that focused heavily on the state's ailing pension system and included a pitch to freeze pensions for public employees. "By putting forward new solutions to age old problems, we are creating a national model," said Christie, a two-term governor now considering a run for president.
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Mar 03, 2015

RT @MichaelSymons_: Last year, a judge wouldn't consider a pension case over a budget that wasn't yet adopted. Will she this time? on.app.com/1BDjxKG

Mar 03, 2015

RT @maggieNYT: (AP) - Jury has been seated in federal death penalty trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Mar 03, 2015

RT @record_dc: I'm loath to criticize something before I know what it is -- @CoryBooker says of Iran nuke agreement after #NetanyahuSpeech

Mar 03, 2015

#Oradell OEM alert: Soldier Hill Rd. is still closed at Summit Ave due to water main break (I forgot and took the detour, wasn't too bad)

Mar 03, 2015

RT @dracioppi: Unions, including the @NJEA, who signed onto @GovChristie 's roadmap for pension reform, said they intend to sue the gov re: pensions.

Mar 03, 2015

Latest @FDUPublicMind poll: #GovChristie's job approval rating remains negative after state budget address shar.es/1WF6ux

Mar 03, 2015

Pinelands Commission nominee faces opposition from 4 former N.J. governors - northjersey.com/news/pinelands… via @dracioppi



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