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:

Episode 4: What Would Jesus Do?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brooke discusses the fourth episode of House of Cards with Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz.
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Christie Drags His Feet in Post-Bridgegate Ethics Reform

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Last year, Christie promised to implement a series of reforms to prevent another Bridgegate. NJPR's Matt Katz discusses how Christie's promises have gone largely unfulfilled.

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Cracks In Christie's Post-Bridgegate Ethics Reform

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Allies installed in watchdog roles, an ethics panel disbanded, policies left unstrengthened. A year later, Bridgegate ethics reform in the governor's office is marked by unmet promises. 

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Bridgegate Fall Guy Was Inside Man

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Unearthed calendars from David Wildstein show he had more contact with Chris Christie's inner circle than the governor has previously acknowledged. 

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Christie Aide Took Political Trips Before Exxon Settlement

Thursday, March 05, 2015

An explosive new allegation links one of Gov. Christie's top aides with a questionable environmental settlement with Exxon Mobil.


Christie Flips On Reason For Vetoing Planned Parenthood Funds

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Christie is changing his explanation on a controversial policy move just in time for the Republican presidential campaign season.

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Christie Is So Focused On New Jersey He May Announce Run For President There

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Christie pledges commitment to his day job moments before he talks exclusively to a national presidential campaign reporter.


Christie Delivers N.J. Budget Address Amid Fiscal Challenges

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

On Monday, a state court dealt a huge blow to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration's plans when it said the state couldn't continue to withhold payments to the state pension plan.


Does Christie's 'Don't Raise Taxes' Pledge Include the Gas Tax?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Don't raise taxes. Don't raise taxes. Don't raise taxes. We hear ya, gov. But about the gas tax? Are you pledging, or negotiating?


Complete List of All The Famous People Chris Christie Hangs Out With

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Christie hangs out with famous people. All kinds of different famous people. 


New Jersey GOP Cools on its Governor

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Chris Christie is not getting a lot of love from the very people who are supposed to love him.

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Chris Christie Went to Iowa...Again

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Christie tried to woo Iowans, who have grown weary of him lately. 

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Fresh Off Well-Received Iowa Trip, Christie Forms PAC for Presidential Run

Monday, January 26, 2015

Gov. Christie didn't pander to his audience at a conservative gathering over the weekend. Well, not exactly.


The YouTube Governor

Friday, January 23, 2015

New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz looks at the calculated digital strategy that created Chris Christie's political brand.

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As New Jersey Struggles, Christie Hits the Road

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is spending a lot of time away from his home state, and his popularity is starting to dip because of it. 


Bon Jovi, Jerry Jones & Chris Christie

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christie has made conflicting statements about when he met the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. Here's why it's important.


The YouTube Governor, Decoded

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This is how Christie and his team built his nationally-minded brand.

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The State of NJ, According to Chris Christie

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie's State of the State speech seemed aimed more at 2016 than New Jersey. NJPR's Matt Katz dissects the long address and the (seemingly) one new policy proposal.

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Christie's 'State of the State' Speech Nods at State of the Nation

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The New Jersey Governor highlighted the accomplishments of his five years in office while beginning his pivot towards a national audience.

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Christie Making Moves on Presidential Run

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chris Christie puts out a video trailer for his State of the State address that strikes themes he is expected to use for a presidential run: bipartisan support and urban solutions.