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:

Chris Christie's Millions

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where does Christie get the money to travel the country campaigning for gubernatorial candidates? And how does he spend it?


Christie and Clinton Just Began Their 2016 Fight For Pennsylvania

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Christie versus Clinton in Pennsylvania: It's not October 2016; it's right now.

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Christie's Surprise Iowa Campaign Stop

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Chris Christie made a stealthy stop in Iowa, expanding his role beyond campaigning for governors.


On The Campaign Trail, This Is Not 2012's Chris Christie

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Chris Christie now appearing on a gubernatorial campaign trail near you is subtly different from the Christie of 2012. Glimpses of 2016?  


Christie's GOP Campaigning Takes Him To Ohio

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Christie's role as head of the Republican Governors' Association will see him travel to six state in 8 days campaigning for GOP candidates across the country.


Is Christie's Barnstorming a Preview of 2016?

Monday, September 29, 2014

The governor will spend up to six days a week until Election Day campaigning for GOP candidates across the country, perhaps serving as a preview of his presidential campaign.

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Bad Reporting About Chris Christie

Friday, September 26, 2014

Last week, according to the media, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was exonerated on all, and then some, and finally none of the charges involving the Bridgegate scandal.

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Christie's Not in New Jersey Much — But When He Is, He Gets Around

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

In the middle of an eight-state, seven-day barnstorming tour for Republican gubernatorial and senate candidates, Christie concentrated on New Jersey Wednesday – in a very public way.   


How The Media (Briefly) Exonerated Christie

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Last week, Gov. Chris Christie was exonerated of all, some and then none of the charges involved in the Bridgegate scandal. 

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Asked for Documents, Christie Gives a Piece of His Mind

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Christie says he is "tired" of the "partisan" Bridgegate investigation.


What South Carolina Republicans Want To Hear From Christie (Should He Run...)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In a South Carolina campaign stop, Christie was mobbed for selfies and was told he reminded folks of Ronald Reagan.


As Christie Pre-Campaigns For President, Opponents Pre-Attack

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When Christie stumps for candidates in early presidential primary states this summer, a conservative group is following with attack ads.


Romney Helps Christie Settle Bridgegate Debt

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tonight, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gets his footnote in the Bridgegate saga.

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One Year of Traffic Problems and Political Scandals

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

It's been one year since the "traffic problems in Ft. Lee." Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein update the status of the Bridgegate investigations, plus sports betting.

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The Bridgegate 5: Where Are They Now

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Five of Christie's top people lost their jobs for their involvement in the lane closures to the George Washington Bridge.


Christie Tries To Save Atlantic City

Monday, September 08, 2014

Christie came to Atlantic City to save it, but said nothing about how he's going to do just that.


The Governor Went Down To Mexico

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Does Governor Chris Christie's recent trip to Mexico signal a 2016 run? Reporters Matt Katz and Heather Haddon discusses possible reasons for the trip.

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Inside Chris Christie's Permanent Campaign

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Chris Christie presidential campaign, which could begin early next year, can be traced way back to the very beginning of the New Jersey governor's first term in office. 


Christie On Ferguson: Don't Generalize About Cops

Monday, August 18, 2014

After the shooting in Ferguson and reported civil rights abuses by the Newark Police, we asked Gov. Christie if there's a problem with how police deal with young black men.