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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:

Missing From 'Bridgegate' Investigation: Chris Christie's Personal Email Account

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The governor has insisted that his personal and government accounts were searched by investigators, but new court documents indicate that a personal account he shared with his wife was never searched.

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Bridgegate Hidden Evidence: Christie's Texts, Cell Phone...And Now, Personal Emails

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

We knew his texts were deleted. We learned his cell phone is missing. Now, his attorneys say his personal emails were not turned over to federal Bridgegate investigators. 

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Trump-Inspired Anti-Semitism Prompts Fear, Police Reports...and a Gun Purchase

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jewish journalists and conservatives are being trolled and threatened. At least one of them bought a gun. 

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Christie Aide Politicking While Working on Taxpayers' Dime

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Time for some more political activity in Gov. Christie's taxpayer-funded office. 

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This Week in Politics: After Orlando, Trump Keeps the Focus on... Trump

Saturday, June 18, 2016

WNYC
And, once again, he keeps the pundits talking.

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Days After Rest of Country, Christie Finally Orders Flags Lowered To Honor the Dead in Orlando

Thursday, June 16, 2016

What took Christie so long to lower flags to half-staff after the Orlando shooting? He won't say.

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The Vocal, Anti-Semitic Trump Supporters of Twitter

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jonathan Weisman and Matt Katz on the racial politics of the Trump campaign and the anti-Semitic abuse experienced by journalists.

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Where In The World Is Chris Christie's Cell Phone?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In a pair of explosive briefs,  Bridgegate defendants accuse Christie's lawyers of deliberately hiding or destroying key evidence that may be incriminating. Just like Nixon. 

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New Jersey Gets Out the Vote

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

WNYC and NJPR's Matt Katz and WNYC's senior editor for politics & policy Andrea Bernstein talk about today's primaries in New Jersey, California, and other states.

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Feds Side With Bridgegate Co-Conspirator To Keep His Identity Secret

Monday, June 06, 2016

Even one of the Bridgegate defendants showed up to see the chief federal prosecutor fight to keep the list of alleged co-conspirators confidential.

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Trump's Inner Circle Cut Its Teeth In New Jersey

Monday, June 06, 2016

Political dark arts. The mixing of business and politics. Chris Christie. This team is so Jersey.

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Trump, Self-Proclaimed Outsider, Was New Jersey Political Insider

Saturday, June 04, 2016

To further his business interests, the real estate mogul and casino owner made friends with politicians on both sides of the aisle in the Garden State.

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This Week in Politics: Jews, Racist Tweets and Trump

Friday, June 03, 2016

WNYC
We consider whether 'new' racists are being created by the campaign of Donald Trump.

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Anti-Media Trump Sends $75,000 to Foundation Founded by Wounded Reporter

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Donald Trump sends you $75,000 in surprise money. What do you do?

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Trump, Self-Proclaimed Outsider, Was New Jersey Political Insider

Thursday, June 02, 2016

For four decades,  Trump has been a political -- and often Democratic -- insider.

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Trump Card for Unindicted Bridgegate Co-Conspirators?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

So it turns out that Donald Trump's sister is the judge whose court could rule on the release of the Bridgegate conspirator list. WNYC/NJPR's Matt Katz explains more.

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Trump's Sister, The Judge: A Life Vastly Different, But Often Intertwined

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The siblings' lives have long been intertwined, from her appointment to the federal bench to a mysterious drug case involving his friend to the Bridgegate scandal. 

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Bridgegate's 10 Stunning Plot Turns, From Christie To Trump

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Somehow, the Bridgegate scandal has taken us from a high school friend of Chris Christie all the way to Donald Trump.  

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This Week in Politics: What’s in a Nickname?

Friday, May 13, 2016

WNYC
Trump calls her 'Crooked Hillary.' Should Clinton get into a name game with the master?

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Bridgegate Co-conspirators Release Delayed

Friday, May 13, 2016

Former federal prosecutor, Jenny Kramer, argued the release of her client's name "brands him as a criminal without due process of law."

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