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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 / t.co/zhyqgMz4xF

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.

Senate Democrats fail to override Christie's veto of pension legislation

northjersey.com — Senate Democrats failed Thursday to override Governor Christie's veto of a bill that would have required the state to make quarterly payments into its public employee pension funds. The bill, which was introduced after Christie slashed the state's planned contributions to the pension funds, easily passed both houses in June.

Credit agency: End of NJ's red light camera pilot program was a 'credit negative' for towns

northjersey.com — A Wall Street credit ratings agency called the end of the state's five-year red light traffic ticket pilot program a "credit negative" for preventing local governments from implementing new revenue streams. The controversial cameras, which allow municipalities to mail tickets to motorists who run red lights, generated millions in revenue for the 25 municipalities that installed them, including several in North Jersey.

Legislature OKs changes for 2 Rutgers boards

northjersey.com — One of Rutgers University's governing boards will be pared down, while another will get two new out-of-state members, in action taken in Trenton on Thursday. The university's board of trustees will be cut from 59 to 41 members under a bill that sailed through the Legislature.

N.J. Senate OKs bills aimed at fighting fighting heroin, prescription-drug abuse

northjersey.com — The state Senate on Thursday approved six bills aimed at fighting heroin and prescription-drug abuse - the first measures among a 21-bill package to be posted for a full vote. Several of the measures are also expected to be voted on in the Assembly on Thursday.

'Buy American' bill passes N.J. Assembly

northjersey.com — The state Assembly on Thursday approved a package of bills that would require that all public contracts - and those awarded by various autonomous agencies, including the Port Authority - to use goods made in America. Business groups strongly opposed the bills, saying they would increase costs and hurt the state economy, arguments Republicans cited when voting against the measures.

Christie: Will talk potential presidential bid with family over the holidays

northjersey.com — Governor Christie said Wednesday he'll discuss his potential presidential bid with his family over the holidays while his two eldest children are home from college. Christie said he would likely decide "in the first part of next year" and then announce his intentions, after a student at Mendham Township Middle School raised the issue Wednesday morning.

North Jersey transportation agency targets efforts to rebuild Bergen, Essex drawbridge

northjersey.com — The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority is taking steps to rebuild a 107-year-old drawbridge that connects Bergen and Essex counties. The authority voted Monday to add the Kingsland Avenue Bridge, which connects Lyndhurst and Nutley, on its priority list.

GWB probe: Legislative panel releases interim report

northjersey.com — The legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures that gridlocked traffic for several days in Fort Lee last year voted along party lines Monday to release its 136-page interim report on the commuter nightmare that turned into a political scandal.

New calculations troubling for New Jersey pension system

northjersey.com — New calculations show that the pension fund covering retirement benefits for most of New Jersey's public employees is projected to go broke in a decade, not the 30 years officials had estimated just months ago. The fund that covers retirements for judges has less than 10 years.

New calculations troubling for NJ pension system

northjersey.com — New calculations show that the pension fund covering retirement benefits for most of New Jersey's public employees is projected to go broke in a decade, not the 30 years officials had estimated just months ago. The fund that covers retirements for judges and court workers has less than 10 years.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @MatthewKeysLive: President Obama: Sony made a mistake when they pulled “The Interview” film over hack attack - pic.twitter.com/559DTS0zhk

Dec 19, 2014

RT @ZekeJMiller: Obama: "We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the united states"

Dec 18, 2014

Assembly votes to reduce the number of #Rutgers Board of Trustees members.

Dec 18, 2014

Assembly passes bill to create an expungement study commission

Dec 18, 2014

Assembly has a message from the Senate with bills passed tonight

Dec 18, 2014

Assembly is back from its recess, looks like we should be starting up soon ...

Dec 18, 2014

RT @MichaelSymons_: NJ Senate votes 28-3 to designate 5 (!) state songs. Here's a list; I don't have links to the downloads: njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/S25…

Dec 18, 2014

Bill passes with Democratic support, 43-25 with 6 abstentions



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