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Matt Katz

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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:

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.

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RNC Thursday: Driving Up the Ratings of The Unconventional Convention

Thursday, July 21, 2016

It seems that Donald Trump has the ability to turn every situation into his favor and his emerging policies might draw in more people just to see what he’s going to say.

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WNYC@RNC: Ted Cruz Gets GOP Love, Then Booed off Convention Stage

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Day three of RNC speeches can be described in one word: Drama.

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WNYC@RNC: Our Take on Day Two of the Republican National Convention

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What is the word uttered more than any other? Hint: It starts with H. 

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WNYC@RNC: Our Take on Day One of the Republican Convention

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

WNYC's Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein debrief after a long night of speechifying. 

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RNC Dispatch: Kicking Off Four Days of Feelings

Monday, July 18, 2016

Donald Trump's supporters feel strongly that he's the tough, law-and-order candidate. Will we hear any specific ideas this week that back that up?

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This Week in Politics: Hello Cleveland

Saturday, July 16, 2016

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The GOP gets ready to kick off a convention unlike any in recent memory.

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The Public's Bridgegate Bills Keep Climbing

Friday, July 15, 2016

$13.9 million. And counting. 

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Donald Trump Picks Gov. Mike Pence as Running Mate

Friday, July 15, 2016

Pence, a former congressman, is a more traditional conservative than Trump. He is outspoken against issues like gay marriage and abortion, and has the blessing of the GOP establishment.

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The Nine Political Lives of Chris Christie

Friday, July 15, 2016

Christie is on his 8th political life, after getting snubbed on the vice presidential nomination.

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Trump Announces Indiana Governor Mike Pence as VP Pick

Friday, July 15, 2016

Trump chooses Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

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Christie's Mentor Pleads Guilty and Ex-Cabinet Member Charged With Conspiracy in 'Chairman's Flight' Scheme

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Former Port Authority Chairman David Samson admits he took a bribe in the form of a United Airlines special flight route to his weekend home in South Carolina.

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Dear Mr. Trump: Why You Should—And Should Not!—Make Christie Your Running Mate

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A memo from our Christie-ologist.

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Christie's Attorney General Delays Release of Bridgegate Legal Bills Until After VP Selection

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

How much are taxpayers paying for Christie's legal defense? The Attorney General isn't saying until after Trump decides whether to make Christie his running mate. 

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Ghost of Atlantic City Continues to Haunt Trump Candidacy

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Hillary Clinton travels to the Jersey shore to assail Trump's business record. Are Donald Trump and Chris Christie to blame for the city's woes? 

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Jewish Reporters Harassed By Trump's Anti-Semitic Supporters

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Donald Trump's campaign attracted a following from white supremacists, and some have directed anti-Semitic invectives at Jewish reporters and activists. One recently spoke to the public radio reporter he harassed.

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This Week in Politics: A Transportation Flap for Christie, Again

Saturday, July 02, 2016

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For years, Governor Christie has been saying there’s no crisis with transportation funding in New Jersey. But an executive order this week suggests otherwise.

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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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