Matt Katz

New Jersey Public Radio


Matt Katz has covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for more than four 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. 

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 3-year-old daughter, Sadie Belle, thinks it's hilarious when his voice comes on over the radio. His son, newborn Reuben Morris, listens to a lot of WNYC.

Matt Katz appears in the following:

Christie's New Hampshire Strategy

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Christie is losing badly in the Granite State, according to the polls. But he has a plan. And it was set in motion back in 2013.


They Love Him at Town Hall Meetings, But Not When The Pollsters Call

Monday, July 27, 2015

Christie is doing horribly in the polls, but you wouldn't know that on the ground in New Hampshire.

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Christie Returns to Camden, His National Model for Criminal Justice Reform

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Christie visit to 'America's most dangerous city' for a policy speech on crime was his first as a presidential candidate.


5 Ways Candidate Christie Is Going Conservative

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

War, abortion and guns: Meet conservative Chris Christie.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Launches Presidential Campaign

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Christie announced his bid for the White House on Tuesday becoming the 14th Republican to enter the race. He hopes his brash style can help him come back in a place like New Hampshire.


Chris Christie Enters the Race for 2016

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Today, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced that he's running for the Republican nomination for president of the United States.

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Christie Tells It Like It Is, Enters Presidential Race

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is "telling it like it is" this morning with his announcement that he will run for president.

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Christie To Announce Tuesday That He's Running For President

Thursday, June 25, 2015

WNYC's Matt Katz reports that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting in the presidential race Tuesday. He would be the 14th Republican to launch a bid for the White House.


Sources: Christie Will Announce Candidacy for President on Tuesday

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Christie is finally about to officially announce his candidacy for president.

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Zzzzzz. As the Christie Campaign Heats Up, the Christie Statehouse Sleeps

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A year and a half into his second term, what has Christie been doing, other than preparing to run for president?


Christie, Catholicism & Climate Change

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Pope's new statement on climate change could give Gov. Christie, a Catholic Republican, an opportunity. Or it could drive him further to the right. 


Lingering Questions: Christie's Bridgegate Report Isn't Going Away Any Time Soon

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Four reasons why the Mastro Report is at the center of both the upcoming Bridgegate trial and Christie's presidential campaign.

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What Christie's Financial Disclosure Statement Doesn't Disclose

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie this week filed his mandatory financial statement, which was notable for what it is missing.


Yo Christie, Did You Hear What The Next Mayor of Philly Said About You?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The time the soon-to-be-mayor of Philadelphia cursed out Chris Christie on Twitter.

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Obama Plays In Christie's Democratic Sandbox

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Obama and Christie have something in common, and Christie hates it.


Obama Visits Camden to Praise Police Efforts

Monday, May 18, 2015

President Obama heads to New Jersey while Gov. Chris Christie is in New Hampshire.


How Christie Talks About The Bridge Thing

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Were these Christie's final words on Bridgegate?


Breaking Down the Latest on Bridgegate

Monday, May 04, 2015

Three of Governor Christie's closest allies were indicted on Friday. Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein discuss the charges -- and what they portend for Christie's 2016 presidential hopes.

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Yes, Chris Christie Is Still Planning To Run For President. Here's Why.

Monday, May 04, 2015

He is down but not out. Why Christie still thinks he has a shot at the White House.


Christie Staffer Pleads Guilty For Role In 'Bridgegate' Scandal

Friday, May 01, 2015

David Wildstein, Gov. Chris Christie's top staffer at the Port Authority, admitted to his role in orchestrating lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as political payback.