Matt Katz

New Jersey Public Radio


Matt Katz has covered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for more than three 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 and tweets @mattkatz00.

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 2-year-old daughter, Sadie Belle, thinks it's hilarious when his voice comes on over the radio.

Matt Katz appears in the following:

Christie On Ferguson: Don't Generalize About Cops

Monday, August 18, 2014

After the shooting in Ferguson and reported civil rights abuses by the Newark Police, we asked Gov. Christie if there's a problem with how police deal with young black men.


What's Wrong with Atlantic City?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City has announced that it will close in September, becoming the fourth casino there to close this year. Michael L. Diamond, business reporter for the Asbury Park Press, talks about why Atlantic City is struggling and whether the closings offer a lesson to other casino projects in the area. Plus, New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz talks about the politics of Governor Christie's attempts to revitalize Atlantic City. 

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Christie Still Holds Press Conferences -- But They're Usually Not In NJ

Monday, August 11, 2014


The biggest change in the second term for a post-Bridgegate, pre-2016 Gov. Chris Christie? Press conferences, once lengthy and frequent Trenton affairs, are now least in New Jersey.

Christie has spent all or part of 68 days out of state since he was sworn into a second term in January, ...


Christie's Vacation Vetoes

Monday, August 11, 2014


Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a wide range of bills on Friday...or at least he announced the vetoes at that time. 

At 4:24 pm on Friday, while Christie was vacationing in California with his family -- taking in an Angels' game and touring the Reagan Library -- his press office announced that he vetoed various controversial bills. ...


Chasing Guadagno, the Woman Who Could Be Christie

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Guadagno has been an elusive presence to the press, for her more than four years as the state's lieutenant governor.

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New Jersey Assembly Snubs Christie

Thursday, July 31, 2014


The Democratic Assembly flexed its muscle Thursday, opting to leave the Statehouse instead of voting on a bail reform package that Gov. Chris Christie called them back from summer vacation to vote on.

Christie wants a constitutional amendment put on the ballot in November's election to allow voters to decide whether ...


How Astorino Angered Christie and Lost Millions

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gov. Chris Christie found himself embroiled in a mini-controversy last week with a fellow Republican, New York gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, after Christie said that the Republican Governors Association, which Christie leads, had no plans to spend money right now on behalf of Astorino


Christie Courts Iowans, Who Swoon

Friday, July 18, 2014

The courtship began at a restaurant called MJ's in downtown Marion, Iowa. How well did it go? Let's just say Gov. Chris Christie and Iowa will most definitely have a second date.

The restaurant was packed with Republican activists (and void of actual diners) who greeted Christie with huge applause, handshakes ...


Bridgegate Committee Can't Call Any More Major Witnesses

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Could this spell the end of the state legislative committee investigating Bridgegate?


Chris Christie and America's Poorest City

Friday, July 11, 2014


When the going gets tough, the governor goes to Camden. Matt Katz finds out why.


Sandy Czar, We Hardly Knew Ye

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


The czar in charge of New Jersey's Sandy recovery is resigning in the very same manner in which he ran some 50 programs dispensing federal storm aid: Quietly.

Marc Ferzan's tenure as Gov. Christie's point person for Sandy began in 2012 when the governor still enjoyed bipartisan popularity for the ...

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Christie: Neither Gun Lobby Nor Sandy Hook Families Prompted My Veto

Monday, July 07, 2014


Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that neither lobbying from gun rights advocates nor visits from parents of children killed in the 2012 Connecticut school shooting affected his decision to veto a major gun control bill last week.

The bill would have limited the size of ammunition magazines from 15 to 10. In ...

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Hounded By Protesters, Gov Still Finds Love

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Fresh off signing a budget that vetoed tax hikes on millionaires and reduced a public worker pension payment, Gov. Christie was followed by protesters wherever he went Tuesday. 


Guns, Gays & Bridgegate: Christie's Road To New Hampshire Has Some Speed Bumps

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The governor was not subtle about his 2016 political plans as he glad-handed his way through the early primary state. But issues that have been a problem for him in blue New Jersey could become a liability among Republicans there – for the opposite reasons.


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Exclusive: Logs Show Dozens of Calls Between Former Port Chief & Top Christie Aides

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gov. Christie’s former top man at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, David Samson, was in frequent contact with top aides at the statehouse during the week lanes were shut down at the George Washington Bridge, newly released documents show.

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Christie Campaigns in New Hampshire 598 Days Before the Presidential Primary

Friday, June 20, 2014


Gov. Chris Christie bounded into T-Bones restaurant in Bedford, NH, at suppertime on Friday. He held hands with a 102-year-old woman, signed some baseballs and took a bunch of cellphone selfies.

Technically he was there to campaign for Walt Havenstein, a New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate. But in reality, at least ...


With Budget Showdown Looming, Christie Takes on 2016

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Despite Bridgegate and a budget crisis, Christie is pressing ahead with 2016 preparations.


Bridgegate's Legal Bills Are $4.4 Million, And Counting

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


The Bridgegate legal bills are just starting to come in, totaling $4.4 million so far. But that number is going to increase exponentially -- that's because 43 people are getting their legal fees paid for by the public, and we have yet to see hardly any of those bills. Here's ...

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Christie's Chief of Staff Testifies

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC's Andrea Bernstein talk about Monday's testimony on the George Washington Bridge lane closings by Kevin O'Dowd, Gov. Christie's chief of staff and nominee to be the next New Jersey attorney general. 

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