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Westwood, NJ
Editor and Social Media Specialist, InTransition Magazine NJTPA
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.

Melissa Hayes's Biography

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 says he'll continue to pardon non-residents who bring legally obtained handguns to N.J. — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
Sep 29, 2015

RT @Record_Melissa: Christie endorsed by Iowa business leaders who urged him to run in 2012 -

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

Thousands watch Pope Francis motorcade in Central Park — The screams were deafening as Pope Francis made his way through Central Park in an open motorcade, waving to the tens of thousands of people who anxiously waited for hours just to catch a glimpse of him Friday night.

Thousands wait to get into Central Park for pope's evening motorcade — Central Park West is a sea of people as thousands wait to get through security and into Central Park before Pope Francis arrives this evening. Metal detectors have been set up under a series of white tents at the entrance of the park at Columbus Circle and the line stretches for blocks down the adjacent road.

Christie said he is glad to have pope nearby even though he doesn't always agree with him — Governor Christie said he may not agree with some of Pope Francis' public policy positions but he's still happy to have the leader of the Catholic Church nearby this week. Christie told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he will be in Washington, D.C., Thursday to hear the pope address members of Congress.

Christie takes campaign break to visit drug and alcohol treatment program in Paterson — Governor Christie took a break from his presidential campaign to visit a Paterson drug and alcohol treatment program Tuesday afternoon to highlight the work of a task force he appointed one year ago to combat addiction in the state.

Christie disagrees with Walker's call for candidates to drop out of race — Governor Christie said he disagrees with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's call for Republicans to drop out of the crowded presidential primary in an effort to take out frontrunner Donald Trump. "Listen, I don't share his view," Christie said during an appearance on The Kelly File on Fox News Monday night, just three hours after Walker suspended his campaign.
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Nov 25, 2015

Please consider donating to the cancer fund for Larry Marino, a fmr Record colleague. His son is like family to us:…

Nov 24, 2015

RT @ScottFallon2: BREAKING: #ChrisChristie admin unveils potential ideas for private development at Liberty State Park, possible hotel

Nov 24, 2015

RT @NJTPA: This week's Regional Roundup includes stories about transportation funding & NJTPA's @njstreetsmart campaign:…

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