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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.

Christie pushes for teachers to sign on to pension, health benefit changes in town hall meeting

northjersey.com — Governor Christie, appearing at an event in Kenilworth on Tuesday, pushed for teachers to agree to pension and health benefits changes after teachers launched a social media campaign urging the governor to pay more into the state pension.

Legislative budget officer, N.J. treasurer agree on forecast, differ on spending

northjersey.com — For the first time since 1994, the state treasurer and legislative budget officer agree on revenue projections for the year ahead. But the two experts of New Jersey's finances diverge on two of the higher profile issues affecting taxpayers: pensions and the current state of transportation funding.

Candidates for N.J. Assembly file for June primary election

northjersey.com — Incumbent Assembly members in six legislative districts across the state will face primary challenges in June - including two representing Bergen and Passaic counties. Monday was the deadline to file petitions to run in the June primary election.

N.J. treasurer downplays shortage of funding for transportation projects

northjersey.com — New Jersey's state treasurer downplayed the funding shortage for transportation projects and said the state is not pushing to settle lawsuits - including one with Exxon Mobil Corp - to balance the budget.

Legislature's budget officer, governor's revenue projections agree for first time in 21 years

northjersey.com — The state Legislature's budget officer said that for the first time in 21 years his revenue projections for the coming budget cycle align with the governor's, but he did raise concerns about Governor Christie's proposed pension payment for 2016 and how he intends to pay for transportation projects.

Assembly OKs two bills that would modify N.J. budget process

northjersey.com — The state Assembly approved two bills that supporters said would bring greater transparency to the state budget process by changing the way revenue is estimated and requiring more disclosure about new funding sources. One bill aims to overhaul the way the state makes its revenue projections and creates additional reporting requirements to track funding sources throughout the year.

Christie repeats opposition to legalizing pot during ceremony for new drug treatment center

northjersey.com — Christie refuted the argument that marijuana should be legal because alcohol is legal saying that under that logic there could also be cases made to legalize heroin and cocaine. And he criticized other states who have legalized marijuana saying they did so "mostly in pursuit of tax riches."

Christie to attend New Hampshire GOP summit with other potential 2016 contenders

northjersey.com — From the Political State blog on NorthJersey.com Governor Christie has added his name to the growing list of presidential hopefuls planning to attend the New Hampshire GOP's Republican Leadership Summit next month. The event, called the FITN Summit for New Hampshire's role as the host of the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries following the Iowa caucuses, is set for April 17 and 18.

Christie decision on presidential run may take months

northjersey.com — With one Republican already formally running for president and another about to announce he will run, Governor Christie is now saying he'll decide whether to enter the contest in the "next three months or so."

Governor Christie to attend New Hampshire GOP summit with other 2016 contenders

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie has added his name to the growing list of presidential hopefuls planning to attend the New Hampshire GOP's Republican Leadership Summit next month. The event, called the FITN Summit for New Hampshire's role as the host of the first-in-the-nation presidential primaries following the Iowa caucuses, is set for April 17 and 18.
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Apr 01, 2015

"I won’t waver in my commitment to stand alongside my senior Senator to serve our great state" @CoryBooker says of @SenatorMenendez

Apr 01, 2015

. @CoryBooker says on @SenatorMenendez "Our system of justice is designed to be fair and impartial, and it presumes innocence before guilt"

Apr 01, 2015

Menendez spokesman says senator and his lawyers have not seen the indictment & were not told about it before media reports

Apr 01, 2015

Menendez will address reporters at 7 p.m. in Newark tonight

Apr 01, 2015

RT @NorthJerseybrk: #Dumont police conclude the investigation of a boy's fatal jump from The Grant School window bit.ly/1C9MIjG pic.twitter.com/1Qql8wVetG

Apr 01, 2015

BREAKING: U.S. Sen. Menendez indicted on corruption charges - NorthJersey.com shar.es/1gvDVR

Apr 01, 2015

RT @record_dc: (AP) - Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and wire fraud.

Apr 01, 2015

RT @etuckerAP: Bob Menendez faces 14-count corruption indictment; Florida eye doctor and political donor, Salomon Melgen, also charged

Apr 01, 2015

RT @AP: BREAKING: NJ Sen. Bob Menendez indicted on federal corruption charges.



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