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:

The Christie Tracker Podcast: The Bridgegate Trial – Week 2

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

At a solemn memorial for 9/11, Wildstein, Baroni and Christie share a gleeful moment. Wildstein says they discussed the traffic jam in Fort Lee.

And The Winner of Last Night's Debate Is....

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Recap and analysis of last night's presidential debate and the spectrum of reactions.

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Wildstein Implicates Christie's Campaign Manager -- and More Bridgegate Trial Day 6 Takeaways

Monday, September 26, 2016

Christie's campaign manager, now Trump's national field director, knew not only of the plot, but also of the cover story. In advance. 

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Christie Tracker Podcast - The Bridgegate Trial: Week 1

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni are the defendants. But Chris Christie's political life is also very much on trial.

Testimony Begins In New Jersey Bridgegate Trial

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Federal prosecutors say New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about the plot to shut down the George Washington Bridge. The Bridgegate trial is currently underway.


Bridgegate Goes On Trial

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The defense and prosecution are in agreement: Chris Christie knew his aides had shut down lanes of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.


Christie Takes a Beating in Bridgegate Trial Opening: 10 Takeaways

Monday, September 19, 2016

"David Wildstein looked like a ventriloquist’s puppet sitting on Christopher J. Christie’s lap.”

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The Christie Tracker: The Bridgegate Trial

Monday, September 19, 2016

It's time for some traffic problems for Chris Christie and we'll be watching the pile up. 

Bridgegate Trial Primer: What Did Chris Christie Know — and When Did He Know It?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The Bridgegate trial starts next week. Two former Chris Christie appointees face prison. But the looming question is this: What did Christie himself know?

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This Week in Politics: Trump and Clinton Agree on At Least One Thing

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Neither presidential candidate is making themselves available to the press.

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Armed Men Once Patrolled the Polls. Will They Reappear in November?

Thursday, September 01, 2016

In 1981, armed men scared off voters in New Jersey. It could happen again in November.

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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.


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.  


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.