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:

Chris Christie's Foreclosure Crisis

Monday, November 16, 2015

New Jersey has the highest rate of foreclosures in the country, but the governor says it isn't his fault.

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Bridgegate Defendants: Christie's Team Hiding Thousands of Documents, Including Christie Emails

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

On the presidential trail, Chris Christie is accusing Hillary Clinton of hiding emails.  In court papers, his former staffers says he's doing the same thing.

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Christie: Bad Week for the Governor is Good Week for the Candidate

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Democrats increased their majority in the New Jersey state legislature. Meanwhile, Christie's presidential campaign is having its best week yet. 


Christie Back in NJ for Government — and Presidential Politicking

Monday, November 02, 2015

The governor visited Camden Monday to tout his criminal justice record — and run for president. 


Chris Christie vs.The New York Times

Friday, October 30, 2015

A New York Times editorial called for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to end his presidential campaign and "go home." WNYC's Matt Katz discusses the campaign's impact on New Jersey.

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Christie Loses Black Supporters in NJ Over Comments on 'Black Lives Matters'

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Christie's comments play on the presidential stage, but not in New Jersey.

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Christie Reshuffles His Top Legal Staff

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Christie brings experts on data collection and political corruption prosecutions into the governor's office.

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Top 7 Christie News Dumps of All Time

Monday, October 05, 2015

Seven times Chris Christie released information at a time when you wouldn't find out about it.

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Scandal Probes Claim Another Christie Appointee

Friday, October 02, 2015

Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox is resigning amid a federal probe into the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which he previously lobbied on behalf of United Airlines.

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Sources: United Lobbyist, Now Christie Cabinet Member, Tried to Stop Bridgegate Probe

Monday, September 28, 2015

He was a paid lobbyist when the Chairman's Flight deal went down. He was an unofficial lobbyist during Bridgegate, WNYC has learned. Now, he's in Christie's cabinet. Who is Jamie Fox?

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Christie's United Airlines Problem

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A major corporate CEO is out and Bridgegate is back in the news. That can't be good for candidate Christie.

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Christie’s Private Yahoo vs. Clinton’s Private Server

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hillary Clinton sent emails from a private server. Chris Christie sent an email from his private account. We wade into the debate and ask: How public is private?   


Christie Sent Government Emails from Private Account

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Candidate Christie is criticizing Hillary. See the email he sent from his private Yahoo account to conduct government business.

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Trump Is Gone From Atlantic City But Not Forgotten

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The story of Donald Trump in Atlantic City is the story of any casino: Wins, losses and plenty of spectacle.

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A NJ Pineland and Approval for a Pipeline

Thursday, August 20, 2015

NYPR's Matt Katz discusses the approval of a gas pipeline, without a public hearing or public input, after a NJ commission previously found the same plan violated the commission's rules.

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NJ Pipeline Pushed Through Without a Vote

Friday, August 14, 2015

A two-year battle to stop a pipeline from crossing the conservation area is pushed through without a vote of the Pinelands Commission. 

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Fox News Apologies To Christie Over Obama Hug That Wasn't

Friday, August 14, 2015

Conservatives' biggest gripe with Christie is over a hug that never happened. Nearly three years later, a mea culpa.


Christie's 'No Taxes' Pledge Has Implications in New Jersey

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Does no taxes for America mean poor roads for New Jersey?


Debate Grades From Candidates’ Beat Reporters

Friday, August 07, 2015

Three public radio reporters from Wisconsin, Florida, and New Jersey "grade" the performances of the GOP candidates in last night's debate.

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Christie Makes First Debate

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has passed his first major test as a Republican presidential candidate, snatching a spot in the first debate of the 2016 race.