Matt Katz

New Jersey Public Radio


Matt Katz is a political reporter for WNYC who covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for more than five years, first for The Philadelphia Inquirer and then for WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio. He ran The Christie Tracker -- which followed the governor through scandal and presidential candidacy -- and appeared weekly on WNYC Studios' Christie Tracker Podcast.

In 2015 Matt and a team from WNYC won a Peabody Award for their coverage of Christie and the Bridgegate scandal. The series -- "Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power" -- was WNYC's first Peabody for news coverage since 1944, when the station won for Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's weekly addresses to New York City. 

In January 2016, Matt's biography of Christie -- American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption -- was published by Simon & Schuster's Threshold Editions. Matt has written about politics for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Republic and POLITICO magazine. Prior to covering the Statehouse in Trenton he spent time in Afghanistan, writing a series on reconstruction efforts that won the Livingston Award for International Reporting for journalists under the age of 35. In 2009 his four-part investigation about Camden set the stage for an end to the state's takeover of city government.

Matt's 4-year-old daughter, Sadie Belle, thinks it's hilarious when his voice comes on over the radio. His son, baby Reuben Morris, listens to a lot of WNYC.

Matt Katz appears in the following:

In Bridget Kelly's Own Words

Monday, October 24, 2016

Damning words from a Bridgegate witness in a dramatic day in the courtroom.

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Bridget Kelly Speaks: Christie's Ex-Aide Says Gov Knew About Bridgegate

Friday, October 21, 2016

A tearful defendant explains how she twice spoke with the governor and his chief of staff about the lane closures to make sure he was okay with it. 

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A Rise in Anti-Semitic Tweets, and a Lack of Action from Twitter

Friday, October 21, 2016

Anti-Semitic attacks on social media are on the rise during this election season. But Twitter has been slow to suspend the accounts of people who tweet threats.


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial - Week 5

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An 'earnest' Bill Baroni says he was intimidated by Governor Christie and duped by David Wildstein. But there are holes in his story.

Questions Swirl Around Christie as Bridgegate Trial Advances

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has not been seen on TV defending Donald Trump recently, and that's because he's been embroiled in a political scandal in his home state.


Baroni Takes The Stand: Bridgegate Defendant Expresses 'Regret,' Says He Was Duped

Monday, October 17, 2016

Bridgegate defendant Bill Baroni finally gets his chance to respond to nearly three years of allegations — and a set of hefty criminal charges.


Episode 4: Down the Rabbit Hole

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The failure to listen, but success to be heard may be the cornerstone driving today's cultural and political climates.

The United States of Anxiety

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

In their new podcast, "The United States of Anxiety," WNYC & The Nation look at polarizing issues in this election season. In this episode: the media and anxiety.
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Bridgegate Day 15: Another Bombshell, Another Lie to The Press, And Some More Cursing

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A defense attorney suggests Chris Christie knew about Bridgegate all along. 

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The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 4

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tears, betrayal and the F-bomb: appearing now in court.

Round Two: Recap of the Second Presidential Debate

Monday, October 10, 2016

A review and analysis of the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

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Bridgegate Trial Updates: Cuomo Accused of Stalling Investigation

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The latest from the Bridgegate trial, including the claim that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deliberately stalled investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.


The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 3

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Former port authority official David Wildstein has now claimed that almost every person close to Chris Christie, including Gov. Cuomo, knew what happened during the cover-up period.

Cuomo Implicated In Bridgegate Cover-Up

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

According to a star Bridgegate witness, Governors Christie and Cuomo plotted early on to cover up the true nature of the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.

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The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 2

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

At a solemn memorial for 9/11, Wildstein, Baroni and Christie share a gleeful moment. Wildstein says they discussed the traffic jam in Fort Lee.

And The Winner of Last Night's Debate Is....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Recap and analysis of last night's presidential debate and the spectrum of reactions.

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Wildstein Implicates Christie's Campaign Manager -- and More Bridgegate Trial Day 6 Takeaways

Monday, September 26, 2016

Christie's campaign manager, now Trump's national field director, knew not only of the plot, but also of the cover story. In advance. 

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Christie Tracker Podcast - The Bridgegate Trial: Week 1

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni are the defendants. But Chris Christie's political life is also very much on trial.

Testimony Begins In New Jersey Bridgegate Trial

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Federal prosecutors say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about the plot to shut down the George Washington Bridge. The Bridgegate trial is currently underway.


Bridgegate Goes On Trial

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The defense and prosecution are in agreement: Chris Christie knew his aides had shut down lanes of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.