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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.

Heads Up, Phones Down - even if you’re playing Pokemon Go

bestreetsmartnj.org — The Pokemon Go game is gaining popularity and so are reports of people getting into crashes or injuring themselves because they aren't aware of their surroundings while playing. Remember, Heads Up, Phones Down!

Christie bans gay conversion therapy for minors

northjersey.com — Governor Christie signed a law banning the use of a practice known as gay conversion therapy on minors Monday, using the opportunity to once again detail his position on homosexuality and draw a distinction between himself and conservative Republicans.

NJ cop stops producer Just Blaze, asks if car is "legit"

nj1015.com — When a police officer in North Jersey pulled over hip-hop producer Just Blaze Thursday - the day after the aftermath of a police-involved fatal shooting of a Minnesota man was livestreamed - he reached for his cell phone and began recording.

Springsteen, Bon Jovi get vintage Postmodern Jukebox treatment

nj1015.com — Hearing some of Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen's hits may transport you back to the '80s, but what about the 1940s or '50s? If that sounds a little off to you, you haven't heard Scott Bradlees' latest homage to the two Jersey rockers.

Cape May resort holds walk in memory of murdered Gloucester City toddler

nj1015.com — Staff and campers at Big Timber Lake Camping Resort in Cape May are walking in memory of Ariana Smyth, the little girl who was raped and murdered just days before her 2nd birthday. Ariana's father Robert, great uncle Paul Pearson, and other members of the family work at the resort.

Golden Cicada tavern owner wears down Jersey City City Hall

nj.com — Cheng "Terry" Tan's dream of building a multi-story, mixed-use senior housing and commercial building in place of his Golden Cicada bar in Downtown Jersey City is coming true. The City Council approved an amendment during its meeting Wednesday night to the Grand and Marin sub-district, in the Tidewater Basin Redevelopment Plan.

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.
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Jul 29, 2016

RT @record_dc: Ex-convicts, anonymous emails, racial angst and the gubernatorial primary is still 11 months away! I love NJ  http://politi.co/2azvMCV 

Jul 18, 2016

RT @record_dc: It's party time in Cleveland, and someone else is picking up a big part of the tab  http://ow.ly/s27Q100eTs0 


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