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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:

Governor Christie Might be Trump's Fair-Weather Friend

Thursday, August 18, 2016

NJ Governor Chris Christie's Administration gave Trump casinos deal on tax-debt settlement, only had to pay $5 out of $30 million. 

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Why No Major Backlash from Muslims Against Trump?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Muslim Americans have been a target of Donald Trump's attacks on the campaign trail, and they're reacting to it in some unexpected ways.

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Former Staffer: Chris Christie 'Flat Out Lied' About Bridgegate

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A newly-released text message says Gov. Chris Christie lied about the involvement of top aides in the plot to close a lane to the George Washington Bridge.

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Longtime Christie Aide Says: I'm With Her

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Maria Comella did more to shape NJ Gov. Chris Christie's national image than anyone. She helped run his campaign for president. Now, she's rejecting his alliance with Donald Trump. 

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FACT CHECK: Hillary Clinton's Speech To The Democratic Convention, Annotated

Thursday, July 28, 2016

NPR's politics team has annotated Clinton's speech, providing analysis and context and fact-checking key portions.

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And So It Goes: Lobbyists Feed and Party with Politicans at DNC

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A Bloody Mary in the morning, champagne flutes in the afternoon and paté at night. All funded by lobbyists, enjoyed by politicians and hidden from public view.  

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Feeling The Bern and Hating On Hill

Monday, July 25, 2016

They love Bernie. They despise Hillary. But what will they do in November?

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Trump Camp Tries to Woo Progressive Voters

Friday, July 22, 2016

Last night's speeches at the RNC tried to cast a broader net by appealing to female voters, the LGBTQ community and Sanders voters.

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WNYC@RNC: Donald Trump's Big (Long) Speech

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Republican nominee gave an acceptance speech that painted a grim picture of America. We break it down in 3 minutes.

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RNC Thursday: Driving Up the Ratings of The Unconventional Convention

Thursday, July 21, 2016

It seems that Donald Trump has the ability to turn every situation into his favor and his emerging policies might draw in more people just to see what he’s going to say.

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WNYC@RNC: Ted Cruz Gets GOP Love, Then Booed off Convention Stage

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Day three of RNC speeches can be described in one word: Drama.

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WNYC@RNC: Our Take on Day Two of the Republican National Convention

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What is the word uttered more than any other? Hint: It starts with H. 

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WNYC@RNC: Our Take on Day One of the Republican Convention

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WNYC's Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein debrief after a long night of speechifying. 

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RNC Dispatch: Kicking Off Four Days of Feelings

Monday, July 18, 2016

Donald Trump's supporters feel strongly that he's the tough, law-and-order candidate. Will we hear any specific ideas this week that back that up?

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This Week in Politics: Hello Cleveland

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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The GOP gets ready to kick off a convention unlike any in recent memory.

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The Public's Bridgegate Bills Keep Climbing

Friday, July 15, 2016

$13.9 million. And counting. 

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Donald Trump Picks Gov. Mike Pence as Running Mate

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pence, a former congressman, is a more traditional conservative than Trump. He is outspoken against issues like gay marriage and abortion, and has the blessing of the GOP establishment.

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The Nine Political Lives of Chris Christie

Friday, July 15, 2016

Christie is on his 8th political life, after getting snubbed on the vice presidential nomination.

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Trump Announces Indiana Governor Mike Pence as VP Pick

Friday, July 15, 2016

Trump chooses Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

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Christie's Mentor Pleads Guilty and Ex-Cabinet Member Charged With Conspiracy in 'Chairman's Flight' Scheme

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Former Port Authority Chairman David Samson admits he took a bribe in the form of a United Airlines special flight route to his weekend home in South Carolina.

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