Matt Katz

New Jersey Public Radio


Matt Katz has covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for five 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, tweets @mattkatz00 and appears weekly on WNYC's Christie Tracker Podcast.

In 2015 Matt Katz and a team from WNYC won a Peabody Award for their coverage of Christie and the Bridgegate scandal. The series of stories -- "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 -- will be published by Simon & Schuster's Threshold Editions. Matt has written about Christie for The New Republic, The Washington Post and POLITICO magazine. 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 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:

Christie's Bridgegate Lawyers Pick Up Fundraising Slack As Billionaire Backers Fade Away

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Bridgegate Lawyers got paid $8 Million. Then they gave $67,700 to Christie.  

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Chris Christie Ran For President and All New Jersey Got Was a Pig Crate Ban Veto

Monday, February 01, 2016

Christie spent 42 days over five years in Iowa, all to finish second-to-last in the Iowa caucuses. 

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Conservative Talk Radio's Election

Friday, January 29, 2016

What listening to conservative talk radio can teach us about this election. 

Christie Under Fire for Leaving NJ and Returning to Campaign Trail

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gov. Chris Christie has faced heavy criticism for returning to the campaign trail right after a record-breaking blizzard hit New Jersey.

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Christie Uses Blizzard in Fight For the White House

Monday, January 25, 2016

Despite causing power outages and flooding along the Jersey Shore, Saturday's blizzard gave Governor Christie an opportunity to emphasize his experience in an executive role. 

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How Christie, a Master of Political Arts, Contradicts and Confounds

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Christie’s political style is the potent force behind his presidential candidacy. This is how it works.

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What It's Like to Follow Chris Christie for Five Years

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reporter Matt Katz talks about his new book, American Governor:Chris Christie’s Bridge to Redemption, and what it's like to cover a master of media manipulation for five years.
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Matt Katz Describes an American Governor (Guess Which One)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio reporter Matt Katz gives his insider's view of NJ Gov. Christie, via his new book "American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption."

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Christie's Voice on Diversity Muted in Presidential Campaign

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Christie 2016 sounds different from Christie pre-2016. 

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Who Is Chris Christie?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Matt Katz's new biography tells the story of not just a gifted and contradictory politician, but a highly emotional man who is more complicated than has ever before been told.

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Conservative Talk Radio Is Having a Presidential Moment

Friday, January 15, 2016

In the year of The Donald, is talk radio setting the agenda or merely reflecting the opinions of listeners?

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Christie Delivers State of the State, Taking Aim at Local and National Democrats

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Christie's speech highlighted his balancing act of wooing conservative voters on the campaign trail, while aiming for influence over a Democrat-controlled Legislature.


Fact checkers keep slamming Christie's campaign trail statements

Monday, January 11, 2016

Tough week for Christie and mistruths.

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Christie Campaign Costs Topping $1 Million May Fall To N.J. Taxpayers

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Presidential candidate Gov. Chris Christie is afforded around-the-clock protection by state troopers regardless of where he is or the nature of his travels. His spokesman won't say who is paying.


How Much Is Christie's Campaign Costing Taxpayers?

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

WNYC tried to find out who's paying for Christie's security. We failed.

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The Year in National News: Looking Backward and Forward

Friday, January 01, 2016

We take a look back at some of 2015's biggest news stories - from Black Lives Matter protests to the presidential campaign - and look forward to what 2016 may bring in news.

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Where Chris Christie Found His Political Calling

Sunday, December 27, 2015

In four years at the University of Delaware, the New Jersey governor and GOP presidential candidate learned how to build a winning coalition — and found his wife.


Chris Christie Triggers Looser Gun Laws in New Jersey

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Governor Chris Christie plans to relax gun regulations in New Jersey. NJPR's Matt Katz explains, and listeners call in to compare New Jersey and Florida gun laws.

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Christie Moves To Loosen Gun Regulations in NJ

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Republican presidential hopeful has been promising pro-gun change for the Garden State. Now his study commission has released a blueprint.

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Christie's Bridgegate Lawyers Engaged in 'Gamesmanship,' Judge Says

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Federal Judge Susan Wigenton said taxpayers were promised a transparent investigation and instead got "opacity."