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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:

Bridgegate Lawyers Want To See Christie's Phone

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bridgegate defendants are seeking to have their case dismissed and they want the Christie Administration investigated.

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Trump Is Still Trump in Pennsylvania

Monday, April 25, 2016

Trump's not changing.

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Three Reasons Why You Haven't Seen Christie Standing Behind Trump Recently

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Gov. Chris Christie hasn't done a TV news interview or spoken at a Trump rally in a month. What happened to Trump's most prominent endorser?

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Ex-Christie Aide, Ousted After Bridgegate, Returns to Help Lt. Governor

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Bill Stepien steps up to head group exploring Guandagno's gubernatorial run.

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Deal Reached on NJ Supreme Court Stalemate

Monday, April 11, 2016

The bipartisan deal brings to an end the long-running standoff over the ideological makeup of the state's highest court.

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Trump Brings Huge Ratings To Fox News -- And A Civil War

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The billionaire candidate has Fox News worried about its hold on conservative viewers.

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What Donald Trump's Four Bankruptcies Say About the Deal Maker

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Donald Trump said his company bankruptcies didn't harm anyone, but some creditors lost millions on those deals.

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Atlantic City, Bracing for Takeover, Sees Camden as Cautionary Tale

Monday, March 28, 2016

Christie wants to take over Atlantic City. New Jersey already tried that with Camden. How'd that work out?

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Christie Trumpsplains His Candidate's 'Riot'

Friday, March 18, 2016

Christie, in his new role translating Trump to the masses, says Trump wasn't inciting violence. 

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A Tale of Two Looming Transit Strikes

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Five days before a possible NJ Transit strike, Gov. Christie is out of town. But when Gov. Cuomo was faced with a LIRR work stoppage in 2014, he swooped in. The difference: tactics.
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As Christie Stands By Trump, New Jersey Supporters Wonder Why

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The New Jersey governor and former presidential candidate faces a storm of criticism at home for his decision to endorse Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

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Chris Christie’s Trump Endorsement Alienates Allies

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio reporter Matt Katz discusses the "shock" and "dismay" Governor Chris Christie caused after he endorsed Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.

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Christie Allies' Shock and Shame as Christie Runs With Trump -- and Trips

Monday, February 29, 2016

Christie’s secretly-conceived decision last week to endorse Donald Trump provoked shock, anger and disappointment, even from his own inner circle.

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The Public's Tab for Bridgegate Legal Bills Now Exceeds $13 Million, and Counting

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Bills for a digital forensics firm dating to 2014 were released Friday night.

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Christie Opposes Democrats' Pension Proposal in Budget Address

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

In his first public appearance since dropping out the presidential race, the Governor says a Democratic plan to pay for pensions will wreck the New Jersey economy.  

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What Awaits Chris Christie in New Jersey

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Chris Christie has officially ended his presidential run. New Jersey listeners round up news and issues from Christie's home state that he may have missed while campaigning.

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Chris Christie Drops Out Of Republican Race For President

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has suspended his campaign for president.

"And while running for president I tried to reinforce what I have always believed — that speaking your mind matters, that experience matters, that competence matters and that it will always matter in leading our nation," said Christie in ...

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Chris Christie Ends White House Bid

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The New Jersey governor ends his campaign after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire.

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Chris Christie and New Hampshire: 10 Things That Went Wrong

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bridgegate, Donald Trump and a weak ground game all contributed to Chris Christie's sixth-place finish.

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New Hampshire Primary: A Litmus Test for Front-Runners and Fringe Candidates

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

For front-runners a major defeat could mean a shakeup in staff or strategy and for fringe candidates, a bad loss could result in campaign termination.  

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