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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.

Report: Christie taps former Romney staffer to lead Iowa effort

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie has tapped a former top campaign aide to Mitt Romney to serve as his lead operative in Iowa, according to a report in the National Journal. The governor, who said as recently as Wednesday he is still mulling whether to run for the GOP presidential nomination, reportedly tapped Phil Valenziano, a New Jersey native, who worked as Romney's Iowa field director ahead of the 2012 caucus, according to the report.

Christie’s travel picks up with speeches in four states, trade mission

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie is visiting three important presidential voting states as his travel schedule picks up again in the coming weeks. Christie, who is considering a presidential bid, kicks off his latest series of trips with a speech at the conservative Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday.

N.J. economic development chief to lead business lobby group

northjersey.com — Choose New Jersey, the non-profit that has paid for Governor Christie's trade missions abroad, today hired Michele Brown, a long-time associate and personal friend of the governor, to serve as its new president and chief executive officer. Brown has served as chief executive officer of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority since October 2012, having been appointed to the post by Christie.

Christie introduces Maryland governor at inauguration

northjersey.com — Christie, who is considering running for president, made a name for himself as a tough-talking governor who wasn't afraid to fight for his policies and proposals. There were some familiar lines in Christie's introduction of Hogan, as New Jersey's governor called on politicians from both parities in the largely Democratic state to work with Maryland's new GOP governor.

Christie to introduce Maryland’s new governor at inauguration today

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie is expected to attend incoming Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's inauguration today. Christie, who is considering running for president, has been making the rounds to inaugurations after aiding in elections as chairman of the Republican Governors Association last year. But this is the only ceremony where he'll introduce the incoming governor.

Christie tells radio audience he hasn't made up his mind on presidential bid

northjersey.com — Governor Christie said he has not decided whether to run for president - but if he does he won't give up his governor's seat - and pushed back at critics of his friendship with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in his monthly radio show Thursday night.

Christie calls for New Jersey 'renewal' in State of the State speech

northjersey.com — Citing examples from Florida to Camden, Governor Christie will call for a "New Jersey renewal and an American renewal" during his State of the State address this afternoon. "During this time of uncertainty it seems our leaders in Washington would rather stoke division for their own political gain," Christie said.

Gov. Christie to highlight bipartisan accomplishments in State of the State [watch live at 2 p.m.]

northjersey.com — Governor Christie will highlight some of the bipartisan accomplishments from his first five years in office - from pension and benefit overhaul, to bail reform and changing teacher tenure - during his State of the State address this afternoon. Christie's office released a video of the governor, titled "Our Dreams Are the Same ," on YouTube ahead of the speech.

Gov. Christie to highlight bipartisan accomplishments in State of the State

northjersey.com — Governor Christie will highlight some of the bipartisan accomplishments from his first five years in office - from pension and benefit overhaul, to bail reform and changing teacher tenure - during his State of the State address this afternoon. Christie's office released a video of the governor, titled "Our Dreams Are the Same ," on YouTube ahead of the speech.

Christie lining up presidential campaign donors, staffers, per reports

northjersey.com — Christie has been open about the fact that he's considering running and has said he would announce his intentions sometime this year. But it appears an announcement could be coming soon, with reports that he's lined up Ray Washburne, a Texas real estate developer, to serve as his finance chairman and that Ken Langone, a billionaire GOP donor, is hosting a dinner to raise money later this month.
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Jan 25, 2015

RT @GovChristie: Driving on the roads tomorrow AM should be fine but please be careful as the storm is expected to intensify tomorrow afternoon into Tuesday.

Jan 25, 2015

RT @GovChristie: NJDOT crews & contractors have over 2,600 salt spreaders & plows that will be out on the roads tonight preparing for the …

Jan 25, 2015

NJ Assembly has postponed tomorrow's voting session until Thursday due to the weather

Jan 23, 2015

Make that 5 states that #GovChristie will visit in the next two months: shar.es/1bzSg3

Jan 23, 2015

#GovChristie's out-of-travel picks up with speeches in four states, trade mission shar.es/1bzBVY

Jan 23, 2015

@MatthewArco Don't forget Lincoln Dinner speeches in Illinois and Florida as well next month

Jan 23, 2015

RT @BergenfieldNJPD: A snow emergency has been declared in Bergenfield. Visit our website bergenfieldpd.org and our blog bergenfieldnjpd.blogspot.com for more.

Jan 23, 2015

RT @VincentPrieto: After #edgewaterfire I am reviewing building codes and pursuing legislation to strengthen multi-family regs assemblydems.com/Article.asp?Ar…



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