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Westwood, NJ
Managing Editor, InTransition Magazine
Covers:  hurricane sandy, new jersey state government, new jersey legislature, 2016 election, hurricane sandy recovery, new jersey news, new jersey politics, governor christie

Editor & social media specialist at @NJTPA. Former @GovChristie reporter for The Record. facebook.com/MelissaHayesNJ

Editor of InTransition Magazine & communications and social media specialist at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.

Former State House Bureau reporter for The Record (North Jersey Media Group) where I covered 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 ...

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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 confident in Romney victory, says he didn’t back out of Pennsylvania rally

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie called a report that he turned down an invitation to be at a rally for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney last weekend "completely untrue" and blamed disgruntled staff members for concocting the story. Christie also brushed aside the idea that his absence would hurt Romney's chances of beating President Obama in today's election.

Christie unveils $32.9B budget, announces Medicaid expansion

northjersey.com — Medicaid coverage will be expanded for thousands of New Jersey residents, business taxes will be cut and public schools will get more aid, but Governor Christie's election-year budget delays property tax relief and features no promised income tax cut this year.

N.J. firms donated over $700,000 to Republican Governors Association

northjersey.com — New Jersey-based construction companies, engineering firms, utilities and casinos - including many that are barred from making direct contributions to political candidates - gave the Republican Governors Association more than $700,000 last year when Governor Christie was its vice chairman.

TransOptions kicks off Street Smart NJ campaign in Morristown

bestreetsmartnj.org — Join TransOptions, the Town of Morristown, the Morristown Police Department and other local stakeholders in kicking off the Street Smart Morristown pedestrian safety campaign. Street Smart is a public education, outreach and behavioral change campaign that uses high visibility enforcement, education and grassroots public awareness to address pedestrian safety issues.

Heads Up, Phones Down

bestreetsmartnj.org — If you're familiar with the first phase of our Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety campaign in 2013, you may have noticed that we've added a new message this year, "Heads Up, Phones Down."

Christie says he'll continue to pardon non-residents who bring legally obtained handguns to N.J.

Christie says he'll continue to pardon non-residents who bring legally obtained handguns to N.J.
northjersey.com — Governor Christie said he'll continue to issue pardons to out-of-state residents who bring their legally obtained handguns into New Jersey against state laws, but he's still against a measure before Congress that would require New Jersey to recognize carry permits from other states.

Christie pardons three charged with unlawful gun possession

Christie pardons three charged with unlawful gun possession
northjersey.com — Governor Christie on Wednesday pardoned three out-of-state residents who were facing weapons possession charges for bringing legally-owned guns into New Jersey. Christie, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president, has been facing pressure from guns rights activists on the campaign trail over whether he would pardon Brian Fletcher, who was among the three pardoned.

Christie downplays comments on possible gas tax hike

Christie downplays comments on possible gas tax hike
northjersey.com — During a presidential campaign event in Iowa Tuesday, Governor Christie downplayed remarks he made in New Jersey Monday in support of raising the state's gas tax in exchange for a reduction in taxes on estates and inheritance. Christie was asked about his remarks Monday before the New Jersey Commerce and Industry Association during an endorsement event in Des Moines.

Christie endorsed by Iowa business leaders who urged him to run in 2012

Christie endorsed by Iowa business leaders who urged him to run in 2012
northjersey.com — Six of the seven Iowa business leaders who urged Governor Christie to run for president four years ago endorsed his presidential bid Tuesday during a news conference where Christie renewed his commitment to doing well in the Iowa caucus.

Possible Democratic hopeful for N.J. governor launches policy group on middle-class issues

Possible Democratic hopeful for N.J. governor launches policy group on middle-class issues
northjersey.com — First he started a non-profit focused on bolstering the state's middle class, now Phil Murphy is launching a political organization that aims to take that middle class agenda to Democratic voters. Murphy, a wealthy former Goldman Sachs executive, said Monday the political organization, New Way for New Jersey, has nothing to do with his anticipated gubernatorial bid in 2017.
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May 02, 2016

RT @RobJenningsNJ: Looking ahead: My story on a select group of Boston Marathon runners and their prospects for 2017 #running runnersworld.com/boston-maratho…83Agw8xt7

Apr 28, 2016

RT @jbendery: Obama crashes college students' briefing at the WH. Some hearts fluttering in the first row. pic.twitter.com/lAdvC4GTDL

Apr 28, 2016

RT @record_dc: .@POTUS to @danielhcorey "That's a good use of your time right there. ... I am favorably disposed towards giving you a little bit of time."

Apr 28, 2016

RT @record_dc: Rutgers Targum ed. @danielhcorey uses College Press Day at White House to get @POTUS to agree to interview when in NJ 4 graduation speech


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