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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’s billionaire booster: Home Depot founder Langone’s fundraising is powerful weapon

northjersey.com — If Governor Christie does decide to run for president, he's already locked up one of the most prolific fundraisers in Republican presidential politics. Ken Langone, 79, is the billionaire founder of Home Depot whose willingness to back Christie for president not only creates the possibility of millions of dollars in donations but also the potential to block possible rivals by keeping them from adding this powerful ally.

Christie’s billionaire booster: Home Depot founder Ken Langone’s fundraising is powerful weapon

northjersey.com — If Governor Christie does decide to run for president, he's already locked up one of the most prolific fundraisers in Republican presidential politics. Ken Langone, 79, is the billionaire founder of Home Depot whose willingness to back Christie for president not only creates the possibility of millions of dollars in donations but also the potential to block possible rivals by keeping them from adding this powerful ally.

Christie ally Robert Grady steps down from investment council

northjersey.com — Robert Grady, one of Governor Christie's closest advisers, resigned Wednesday as chairman of the council that oversees the state's $80 billion public employee pension fund. Grady, who commutes monthly from his home in Wyoming to New Jersey to participate on the board, announced his departure at the State Investment Council meeting.

N.J. public employee pension board chief Robert Grady resigns

northjersey.com — Robert Grady, one of Governor Christie's closest advisers, resigned Wedneday as chairman of the council that oversees the state's $80 billion public employee pension fund. Grady, who commutes monthly from his home in Wyoming to New Jersey to participate on the board, announced his departure at the State Investment Council meeting.

Governor Christie winning weight-loss campaign

northjersey.com — Governor Christie, once an estimated 200 pounds overweight, appears to have taken off at least half those excess pounds in the 21 months since he had Lap-Band surgery, according to experts, a victory many see as essential if he intends to make a 2016 bid for the White House.

Christie signs bill allocating $22.5M for repairs to Passaic River dam, other projects

northjersey.com — Five Passaic County dams will receive loans to fund repairs under a bill Governor Christie signed into law Thursday. Christie approved a bipartisan measure that appropriates $22.5 million from the existing bond money in the state's Dam, Lake and Stream Project Revolving Loan Fund.

Christie signs bill allocating $22.5 million for Passaic River dam repairs

northjersey.com — Five Passaic County dams will receive loans to fund repairs under a bill Governor Christie signed into law Thursday. Christie approved a bipartisan measure that appropriates $22.5 million from the existing bond money in the state's Dam, Lake and Stream Project Revolving Loan Fund.

Analysis: Christie's practice run is over

northjersey.com — The national campaign that raised record amounts of money and earned him winning results is over, meaning it is time for Governor Christie to shift his focus to 2016 and the decision of whether to run for president. Christie has said for months that he has yet to decide.

After midterms, Booker says he will continue to work with members across the aisle

northjersey.com — Now that Republicans have taken control of the Senate after Tuesday's election, that will not change his philosophy of working with members across the aisle to try and tackle difficult issues, Sen. Cory Booker said this morning.

Christie celebrates GOP governor wins with a victory lap on morning news shows

northjersey.com — Governor Christie said "I'll have to figure it out" when asked on the Today Show this morning whether he is ready to run for president following major Republican victories in Tuesday's elections. "Mary Pat and I have to start to talk about it in earnest and make a decision," he said Wednesday morning.
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Nov 23, 2014

RT @Olivianuzzi: Rudy Giuliani talked to @Record_Melissa about Ken Langone, the billionaire fundraiser who wants Christie to be POTUS: northjersey.com/mobile/news/ch…

Nov 20, 2014

NJ politicians speculate on Christie's successor as Democratic hopefuls descend on #AtlanticCity shar.es/1XujJt via @dracioppi

Nov 20, 2014

RT @NYTmag: Chris Christie fixes a blind, enjoys a plate of nachos, talks 2016 with @markleibovich in this week's cover story. nyti.ms/1F3Q4aw

Nov 19, 2014

Could this be the end of the Thanksgiving rivalry? Shrinking #Dumont looking for a change shar.es/1Xv5H6 via @TheRecordSports

Nov 19, 2014

RT @spsullivan: Atlantic City casino workers protesting the impending closure of Trump Taj Mahal pic.twitter.com/SkmPmDmiP1

Nov 19, 2014

RT @PATHTrain: No PATH service btwn NWK & JSQ both ways. For Harrison from NWK: @NJTransit Bus 25. From JSQ: NJT Buses 319, 40 or 1. http:/…

Nov 19, 2014

N.J. public employee pension board chief Robert Grady resigns - shar.es/1Xvb5g

Nov 19, 2014

Home in NJ while @PoliticalStile is in Boca. Now I know what it's like when you follow all the NJ political reporters, Christie quotes x5

Nov 19, 2014

RT @heatherhaddon: .@GovChristie says again that he won't decide on 2016 this year. "I’ve got some decisions to make about what I want my future to be"



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