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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 / http://www.facebook.com/RecordHayes

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 announces Ebola joint response team; Newark airport traveler not infected [video]

northjersey.com — An airline passenger from West Africa who was taken to the hospital in Newark yesterday does not have Ebola, the governor said. Governor Christie, at a press conference at Hackensack University Medical Center to discuss the state's Ebola readiness, said the patient is likely to be released. "He is now asymptomatic,'' Christie said.

Christie says GOP gubernatorial candidates need to win so they control 'voting mechanisms'

northjersey.com — Governor Christie pushed further into the contentious debate over voting rights than he has gone before, saying Tuesday that Republicans need to win gubernatorial races this year so that they're the ones controlling "voting mechanisms" going into the next presidential election.

Christie visits to 2016 open-primary states could lay groundwork for non-base support

northjersey.com — Governor Christie's itinerary as he travels the country campaigning and fundraising for Republican candidates this year may be the road map for how he might blunt the power of the party's conservative base if he were to run for president.

Visits to open-primary states could gain Christie wider support for 2016 presidential bid

northjersey.com — Governor Christie's itinerary as he travels the country campaigning and fundraising for Republican candidates this year may be the road map for how he might blunt the power of the party's conservative base if he were to run for president.

Potential NJ gov candidate launching advocacy group for the middle class

northjersey.com — A multimillionaire former ambassador to Germany and potential gubernatorial candidate is starting an advocacy group aimed at growing New Jersey's middle class and improving quality of life in the state. Philip Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, and his wife Tammy are launching New Start New Jersey in Newark next month.

Christie announces $12M in new addiction treatment funds

northjersey.com — Christie made his announcement outside the Center for Great Expectations in Somerset after meeting with women participating in the non-profit organization's Mommy and Me program. The drug treatment and counseling program works to keep families together by allowing mothers to live with their children while they are recovering from addiction.

Christie cancels Connecticut trip, heads to Boston for Ann Romney Center opening

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie has cancelled a planned campaign stop in Connecticut today with GOP gubernatorial hopeful Tom Foley due to a scheduling conflict. Christie was expected to tour Fair Weather Acres Farm in Rocky Hill, Conn. with Tom Foley and runningmate Heather Somers at 3:30 p.m.

View of Christie now negative, poll says, but his job approval remains positive

northjersey.com — For the first time in three years, more New Jersey voters said they have an unfavorable view of Governor Christie than a favorable one, according to a poll released Tuesday. The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll said that 45 percent of New Jersey voters have an unfavorable view of the governor, while 42 percent view him favorably.

Christie campaigning in four states over two days

blog.northjersey.com — Governor Christie is visiting four states over the next 48 hours - including another stop to Connecticut where the Republican is locked in a close contested with the Democratic incumbent governor. As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie has been travelling the country supporting GOP candidates.

Christie convenes drug addiction task force

northjersey.com — Governor Christie announced the creation of a new task force that will work to reduce the stigma associated with drug addiction and suggest ways to improve treatment options in the state. Christie made his announcement outside Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton after meeting with three women who have been participating in its drug and alcohol recovery program.
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Oct 22, 2014

#GovChristie introduces members of a new state response team to coordinate #Ebola preparedness efforts… instagram.com/p/udkLkrNMtP/

Oct 22, 2014

"We need to be calm about this situation. Folks in government at every level are doing what needs to be done to protect us," he says

Oct 22, 2014

"I feel secure in the knowledge that I have an experienced group of people around me who know how to deal with this" Christie says

Oct 22, 2014

"The public should feel a sense of calm that they have experienced hands on the wheel, we’ve been through this before" Christie says

Oct 22, 2014

Christie said state's plan is combination of pre-planning and evolving response based on information coming in

Oct 22, 2014

He said federal government should consider suspending visas for people travelling from these countries

Oct 22, 2014

Christie says travel bans are a misnomer because no one travels directly to US from West Africa

Oct 22, 2014

NJ has designated 3 "Tier 2" hospitals to handle #Ebola cases, Hackensack, RWJ in New Brunswick and University Hospital in Newark

Oct 22, 2014

Christie says he believes Superstorm Sandy prepared his cabinet to deal with whatever crisis comes up



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