Matt Katz

New Jersey Public Radio


Matt Katz has covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for more than three years, first for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where he created The Christie Chronicles blog, and now for WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio, where he runs The Christie Tracker and tweets @mattkatz00.

Matt has written about Christie for The New Republic, The Washington Post and POLITICO magazine, and he's writing a book about the governor for Simon & Schuster. Prior to moving to 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.

Born in the Bronx and raised in Queens and Long Island, Matt has nonetheless covered New Jersey -- beginning with school boards and planning boards in Christie's own Morris County -- since 2000.

His 2-year-old daughter, Sadie Belle, thinks it's hilarious when his voice comes on over the radio.

Matt Katz appears in the following:

Christie Flips On Reason For Vetoing Planned Parenthood Funds

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Christie is changing his explanation on a controversial policy move just in time for the Republican presidential campaign season.


Christie Is So Focused On New Jersey He May Announce Run For President There

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Christie pledges commitment to his day job moments before he talks exclusively to a national presidential campaign reporter.


Christie Delivers N.J. Budget Address Amid Fiscal Challenges

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On Monday, a state court dealt a huge blow to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration's plans when it said the state couldn't continue to withhold payments to the state pension plan.


Does Christie's 'Don't Raise Taxes' Pledge Include the Gas Tax?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Don't raise taxes. Don't raise taxes. Don't raise taxes. We hear ya, gov. But about the gas tax? Are you pledging, or negotiating?


Complete List of All The Famous People Chris Christie Hangs Out With

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Christie hangs out with famous people. All kinds of different famous people. 


New Jersey GOP Cools on its Governor

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Chris Christie is not getting a lot of love from the very people who are supposed to love him.

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Chris Christie Went to Iowa...Again

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Christie tried to woo Iowans, who have grown weary of him lately. 

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Fresh Off Well-Received Iowa Trip, Christie Forms PAC for Presidential Run

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gov. Christie didn't pander to his audience at a conservative gathering over the weekend. Well, not exactly.


The YouTube Governor

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz looks at the calculated digital strategy that created Chris Christie's political brand.

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As New Jersey Struggles, Christie Hits the Road

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is spending a lot of time away from his home state, and his popularity is starting to dip because of it. 


Bon Jovi, Jerry Jones & Chris Christie

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christie has made conflicting statements about when he met the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. Here's why it's important.


The YouTube Governor, Decoded

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This is how Christie and his team built his nationally-minded brand.

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The State of NJ, According to Chris Christie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie's State of the State speech seemed aimed more at 2016 than New Jersey. NJPR's Matt Katz dissects the long address and the (seemingly) one new policy proposal.

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Christie's 'State of the State' Speech Nods at State of the Nation

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The New Jersey Governor highlighted the accomplishments of his five years in office while beginning his pivot towards a national audience.

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Christie Making Moves on Presidential Run

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chris Christie puts out a video trailer for his State of the State address that strikes themes he is expected to use for a presidential run: bipartisan support and urban solutions. 


Christie Goes To Football Game, Ignites Twitter, Draws Ethics Questions

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Chris Christie went to a Dallas Cowboys game, people went nuts, and now there's ethics questions swirling around the administration.


Democratic Findings: New Bridgegate Docs Add to the Mystery

Friday, December 05, 2014

90,000 documents, 12 missing texts and 13 anguished but unanswered messages from the Fort Lee mayor. More than a year later, more Bridgegate mysteries than answers.


There But for the Grace of God Goes Christie

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Three years ago, Gov. Christie’s religion was “none of your business.” Now, with a presidential campaign in sight, the governor is clapping in the pews and regularly talking about God.

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How Christie Will Rely on Mouth, Money & Moxie To Run For President

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We learned three things about Chris Christie this past year: He can raise oodles of money. He is tireless. And voters love his sharp tongue.

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This Week in Politics: Chris Christie, Billionaire Whisperer

Saturday, November 08, 2014

As Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets ready for a turbulent second term, Gov. Chris Christie prepares for a bigger stage.