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:

Trump Administration Deports Indonesian Christian Who Faces Persecution Back Home

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Under Obama, an Indonesian Christian who says he'd be persecuted back home was allowed to stay in New Jersey so long as he checked in with ICE. He'll now be deported as soon as today. 

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A 'Dreamer' Meets the Feds, and Brings Hundreds of Her Friends

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A Rutgers University student who arrived in the United States at age 4 is suddenly and inexplicably called to meed with federal agents. Will she be deported?

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Immigration Authorities Detain 4 Indonesians Who Had Been Protected Under Obama

Monday, May 08, 2017

The latest Trump administration sting targeted four men who who have lived in New Jersey for more than 20 years.

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'Trump' Replaced By a Horse After Syrians Ride His Carousel

Friday, May 05, 2017

The strange saga of Syrian refugees, the Trump Carousel and the president's vanishing name.

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Defying a Top Judge and County Policy, ICE Continues Arrests Inside Courthouses

Thursday, May 04, 2017

For the first time, ICE is in the courthouse. 


7 Ways NY and NJ Are Pushing Back Against Trump's Immigration Policies

Friday, April 28, 2017

So far, one of the defining features of President Trump's time in office has been the pushback from local governments, courts and politicians -- especially in New York and New Jersey.

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With a Subway Ride to the Trump Carousel, Syrian Refugees Tour New York

Thursday, April 20, 2017

They fled civil war and recently arrived in New Jersey. Now, they're getting free tours of the Big Apple, including a ride on a carousel operated by President Trump's company.

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Allegations of Islam Indoctrination in Public Schools Spread to New Jersey

Monday, April 10, 2017

Islam in schools is a controversy that's brewing on right-wing media—and at a little school district in northern Jersey.

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Prison For Bridgegate Conspirators: 2 Years for Baroni, 18 Months for Kelly

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Two former Chris Christie allies are headed to prison for their roles in the notorious traffic-related political retaliation scheme.

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Bridgegate: Where Are They Now?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bridgegate ends with two former Christie appointees likely sentenced to prison terms. And two the White House.

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Under Obama, They Were Check-ins. Under Trump, They Could Mean Deportation.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Why a New Jersey man who rebuilt homes in areas affected by Sandy fears deportation under President Trump's immigration policy.

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Zoning Issues or Islamophobia? Community Says 'No' to New Mosque

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Officials cited zoning issues in voting down a proposed mosque in Bayonne, New Jersey this week, but many say this was a religiously-motivated decision fueled by fear of Muslims.

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Mosque Rejected in New Jersey Amid Fear of Muslims

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Muslims are violent -- this was the allegation made at a zoning board meeting in Bayonne, where an application to build a mosque was rejected. 

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We're Witnessing an Extraordinary Moment of Muslim-Jewish Solidarity

Monday, March 06, 2017

The silver lining to recent hate crimes: We are seeing the most public display of solidarity between American Jews and American Muslims in recent history.

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LGBT Refugees and Asylees Have Their Own Trump Fears

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

As the Trump administration implements strict immigration policies, concern grows over the fate of LGBT people seeking refuge in the United States.

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The FBI Is Calling, and Syrian Refugees Are Worried

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The FBI says it just called some Syrians to say: How are you?


New York Officials Open Doors to Refugees as New Jersey Shuts Them

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Both states have large immigrant communities, but vastly different approaches to taking in refugees. What are the implications?

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Travel Ban Puts Some American Families On Hold

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

One New Jersey woman is wondering if she will ever see her parents again, now that the Trump Administration has banned travel from seven majority-Muslim countries.

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Tears, Fears and Sierra Leone Soup at New Jersey's Refugee Cafe

Monday, January 30, 2017

At a cafe run by refugees and political asylees in New Jersey, the magnitude of President Trump's executive edicts reverberate in heartbreaking ways. 

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Syria Supper Club: Reaching Out To Refugees, One Dinner At A Time

Friday, January 27, 2017

In New Jersey, Muslim refugees join groups of mostly Jewish Americans to hold informal dinner parties that are part fundraiser, part bridge-builder.